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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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Yasir Shah blessed with another child

Pakistani cricketer Yasir Shah on Monday informed his fans that he has been blessed with another child. Taking to Twitter, the leg-spinner shared a photo of his baby with a caption that read: "Alhamdulillah Allha blessed me another little angle". https://twitter.com/Shah64Y/status/1262349598980440064 Fellow cricketers Ahamad Shahzad, Umar Gul, Imran Khan and hundreds of fans congratulated Yasir Shah over the arrival of...

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Shahid Afridi criticises Modi for escalating tensions in IOK in viral video, enrages Indian cricketers

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, during a recent visit of Azad Kashmir, was seen addressing a crowd in a video on social media. Boom Boom, a vocal critic of India's atrocities in occupied Kashmir, once again took a dig at Modi over his role in escalating tensions in the region. "Modi deployed 7 lakh soldiers in Kashmir, same as the...

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PCB to support T20 World Cup plans as long as ICC ensure players’ safety: Wasim Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan has clarified that the board will support the timely staging of the ICC T20 World Cup as long as it could ensure players' safety. This year’s World Cup in Australia is likely to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and it would be grave news for all stakeholders, considering that the...

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PCB agrees ‘in principle’ to tour England in July after consulting with ECB: Wasim Khan

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed "in principle" to tour England in July after a detailed meeting through video link was held with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday, according to the board's chief executive, Wasim Khan. England are scheduled to host Pakistan for three Tests from July 30, followed by three Twenty20 internationals, but...

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Babar retained in ‘A’ category, Sarfaraz demoted to ‘B’ in new PCB central contracts

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced cricketers' central contracts on Wednesday and as expected, T20 and ODI skipper Babar Azam was retained in the top 'A' category while former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad was demoted to the 'B' category. The PCB handed central contracts to a total of 18 players while another three were placed in Emerging Players’ category. Hasan Ali,...

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Babar Azam appointed new ODI captain

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named batsman Babar Azam the new one day international (ODI) cricket captain of the national team on Wednesday. The PCB made the disclosure while announcing its list of centrally contracted players. In its press release, the PCB confirmed that the Test and T20I captaincy will continue to be held by Azhar Ali and Azam...

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Pakistan falls below to number 4 in ICC T20 rankings

Australia on Friday usurped Pakistan at the top of the T20I rankings following the annual update which took the 2016-2017 results out of the equation, ICC reported. The side also rule the Test rankings while England dominate the ODI rankings. Pakistan, who had overtaken New Zealand to reach top position in January 2018 and then spent 27 months there, are...

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PCB legal advisor files Rs10 million defamation suit on Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi filed a Rs10 million defamation lawsuit against former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday after the Rawalpindi Express described him as "an inept person of highest order’ and made other serious allegations towards him as well. Akhtar, in a video on his YouTube channel a day ago, had ripped apart the PCB and its...

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Umar Akmal banned from all cricket formats for 3 years, announces PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday banned Umar Akmal from all cricket for three years for not reporting a fixing offer before the start of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League, a crime under the board's anti-corruption code. According to a tweet by the board, the decision was taken by the chairman of the disciplinary panel Justice...

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Cricket veteran Sana Mir ends her 15 year professional career

Sana Mir, arguably Pakistan's greatest women's cricketer and former captain, called time on her glittering career on Saturday after being frozen out of the team since late 2019. “I want to extend my gratitude to the PCB for giving me an opportunity to serve my country for 15 years. It has been an absolute honour and privilege. I extend my...

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WWE’s Vince McMahon becomes Trump’s economic advisor

US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, at his daily coronavirus news conference shared an extensive list of leaders across many industries who he said will be tasked with helping restart the US economy. Included on that list was WWE CEO Vince McMahon, whom Trump also singled out as “great.” White and McMahon are part of leaders of sports leagues like the NFL,...

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Shahid Afridi urges PM Imran to consult all political parties to join hands in fight against coronavirus

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should consult with all political parties and leaders in order to work together as one team in the fight against Covid-19. Speaking to journalists via video link, Afridi said, "We should understand that many people in the country will face difficulties while buying ration in the coming days. This...

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Google Doodle pays tribute to veteran squash player Hashim Khan

Google Doodle is paying tribute to Pakistani squash player Hashim Khan, widely revered as one of the sport’s all-time greatest players. On this day in 1951, Khan won the British Open Squash Championships, propelling him from relative obscurity to the status of an international icon. Born in 1914, Khan was raised in Nawakilli, Peshawar, a small village in what was...

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Indian cricketers come under fire after backing Shahid Afridi’s coronavirus fund

Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh faced scathing criticism from triggered Indian social media users after they declared support for former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi's foundation in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Afridi's appeal for donations to help people affected by the deadly virus in Pakistan has had overwhelming support from leading cricketers. Harbhajan urged people to contribute...

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Squash great Azam Khan dies of coronavirus

KARACHI: Azam Khan, one of the greatest squash players of all time, passed away in London on Saturday, becoming one of the thousands of victims of the coronavirus pandemic. The 95-year-old Azam, who won four consecutive British Open titles between 1959-62, tested positive for COVID-19 last week and breathed his last London’s Ealing Hospital. His son Wasil Khan, a former...

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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers amid coronavirus fright

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 T20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200, according to a Reuters tally, since...

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