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De Villiers, Wiese guide Qalandars to six-wicket win over Multan Sultans

SHARJAH: AB Devilliers and David Wiese propelled Lahore Qalandars to a six-wicket win over Multan Sultans in the tenth match of the Pakistan Super League 2019 played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. WATCH: @ABdeVilliers17 and @David_Wiese combined to score 98 runs from 45 deliveries and took @lahoreqalandars over the line against @MultanSultans Scorecard and ball-by-ball details ūüĎČ https://t.co/ZH8588AppX #MSvLQ...

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Windies’ Gabriel charged for language used in England Test

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been charged for language used during the third Test against England on Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said. Gabriel’s comment to Joe Root was not audible to television viewers but according to British broadcaster Sky Sports the England captain was heard replying to the bowler: “Don’t use it as an insult....

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England World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies

LONDON: Gordon Banks, England’s goalkeeper when they won the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 81, his former club Stoke City announced on Tuesday. Banks, who played in every game of the 1966 campaign on home soil, is probably best known for a wonder save he produced to deny Brazilian great Pele in the 1970 World Cup. His family said Banks,...

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Trophy Unveiling: Captains ready for battle of PSL 2019

DUBAI: The captains of the Pakistan Super League 2019 and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani addressed a press conference at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed stressed the importance to hit the ground running in T20 competitions, saying: "Momentum is very important in T20 tournaments so we would try and built that momentum from...

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Root century helps England build huge lead against West Indies

Joe Root became the first England player to score a century during the series as the visitors strengthened their stranglehold in the third Test against West Indies on Monday. The England captain compiled a patient, unbeaten 111 in St Lucia as the visitors closed in on a consolation victory after losing the first two Tests in the three-match series. Ben...

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Smith, Warner bans to end during Pakistan ODI series

Steve Smith and David Warner could be in line for an immediate return to the Australian team when their bans expire midway through the upcoming one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The five match Pakistan series will be held from March 22-31, Pakistan’s Cricket Board said. Smith and Warner, who were banned for their roles...

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Australia’s refusal forced Pakistan to play ODIs in UAE

Pakistan cricket authorities were forced to schedule all five one-day internationals against Australia in the United Arab Emirates after the Aussies refused to visit the Asian country over security fears. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had invited Australia to play two of the five one-day internationals in Pakistan to further their attempts to revive international cricket at home, suspended since attacks...

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Solskjaer keen to quickly turn Man Utd into title contenders

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has conceded defeat in chasing down Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title race this season, but wants Manchester United to recover the title-winning mentality he harnessed as a player under Alex Ferguson within two years. Solskjaer has won seven and drawn one of his eight league games in caretaker charge to close in on...

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Amir ready for Essex return

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is set to join up with Essex again for a spell in the forthcoming domestic T20 Blast competition, the English county announced Friday. The 26-year-old left-arm quick helped Essex win the first-class County Championship in 2017 during a stint that saw him take career-best figures of 10 for 72 against Yorkshire at Scarborough. Amir will...

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PSL 4: Karachi declared ‚ÄėThe Cricket City‚Äô

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani while declaring Karachi "The Cricket City" for the series of Pakistan Super League (PSL), decided that images of cricket legends will be displayed in different parts of the metropolis. He said this while chairing review meeting for the arrangements of PSL 2019 at his office here, said a statement on Friday. He said that special...

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Ricky Ponting appointed Australia assistant coach for World Cup

MELBOURNE: Former captain Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach of Australia’s men’s team for the 50-over World Cup in England later this year, the country’s cricket board said on Friday. The 44-year-old Ponting will work with Australia’s batsmen for the May 30-July 14 tournament, with current batting coach Graeme Hick focussing on preparing the side for the...

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Test cricket is ‚Äėdying‚Äô, says ICC chairman

DHAKA: Test cricket is "dying", the chairman of the sport¬īs governing body warned Thursday, adding the new world championship could help save the longest format of the game. While Tests in Australia and England still draw sizeable crowds, filling stadiums and boosting interest in the five-day game has been a challenge in the rest of the cricket world for years....

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Gayle returns to Windies squad for England ODIs

GROS ISLET: West Indies recalled veteran batsman Chris Gayle on Thursday for the first two one-day internationals against England in preparation for this year’s World Cup. The hard-hitting, 39-year-old Gayle last played for West Indies during a home series against Bangladesh last July and could renew an explosive opening partnership alongside Evin Lewis. Lewis and Gayle both missed the recent...

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Pakistan beat SA by 27 runs in third T20

Centurion: Pakistan beat South Africa by 27 runs in third and final T20I played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion here on Wednesday. Batting first Pakistan set a target of 169-runs for South Africa to win. In response, Proteas were managed to score 141 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. Mohammad Amir, who played his first...

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CM Balochistan pens letter to PCB; offers to host one PSL match in Quetta

Web Desk: Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan on Wednesday has expressed his desire to host one match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four in Quetta. ‚ÄúPeople of Balochistan have deep interest in sports and particularly in cricket,‚ÄĚ said Khan in a letter written to PCB chief Ehsan Mani Citizens of Quetta have been deprived from international matches...

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Sri Lanka sacks skipper Chandimal after Test debacles

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka¬īs skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been sacked and removed from the Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against South Africa, cricket authorities said Tuesday. Chandimal, 29, was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka Cricket said, listing a 17-member squad that did not include the right-handed batsman. National selectors said in a statement Chandimal was dismissed to help...

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Ronaldo effect: Chinese fans drop Real Madrid for Juventus

SHANGHAI: Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid has seen Juventus’s popularity rocket in China, up nearly 70 percent by one measure, as top European clubs vie for supremacy in the Asian country. The Portuguese forward has made his presence felt on the pitch, netting 17 goals in 22 Serie A games to put Juventus well on course to retain their...

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