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Pakistan wins historic Test Match at Lords, defeat England by 9 wickets

Web Desk: Pakistan has successful defeated England in the home of cricket, Lords in a historic effort, following are the previous coveted victories including the first ever match played between the rivals in 1954 which ended in a draw.   England Pakistan Pakistan 10 wickets Lord's Aug 12-16, 1982 England Pakistan Pakistan 75 runs Lord's Jul 14-17, 2016 England Pakistan...

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Olympian, legendary Hockey player Mansoor Ahmed laid to rest in Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan’s World Cup winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed was laid to rest in Karachi on Sunday. Former captain Shahid Afridi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Amir Khan and hockey star Islahuddin have attended the funeral prayer of late Olympian. Mansoor was passed away on Saturday after prolonged illness. He was 49. His health had deteriorated since the past few days,...

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How the favourites are shaping up a month from the World Cup

PARIS: With the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting in a month, AFP Sport takes a look at how the biggest names -- who between them have won 13 of the last 20 tournaments -- are shaping up: Germany Germany´s build-up has been marred by uncertainty as to the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The 32-year-old Bayern Munich man...

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Rain stops play: Ireland vs Pakistan inaugural test

DUBLIN: Ireland continued to enjoy their inaugural Test by dismissing Pakistan dangerman Asad Shafiq as wickets kept falling at Malahide on Saturday. Pakistan, who had seen Shafiq make 62 as they recovered from losing two wickets in successive balls to be 13 for two, were 193 for six at tea on the second day after being sent into bat by...

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Ireland Test off to dramatic start as Pakistan´s Imam injured first ball

DUBLIN:Ireland´s inaugural men´s Test got off to a dramatic start on Saturday when Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq was injured on the first ball. Azhar Ali dug out a single off the opening delivery from Tim Murtagh and called for a quick legside single. Non-striker Imam, in scrambling to complete the run, found himself sandwiched between wicket-keeper Niall O´Brien and Tyrone Kane...

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Hockey Legend Mansoor Ahmed health condition deteriorates

KARACHI: Legend, Pakistan’s World Cup winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed’s health condition has deteriorated again. According to Newsone, doctors have placed Ahmed on life support as his lungs and heart were not functioning well otherwise. The hockey legend has been suffering from heart ailment for the past three years and is currently undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular...

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Irish hopes intact as bad weather derails Test debut

When you've waited as long as Ireland have to play your first Test match, a few more hours' delay may not seem that significant. Yet there was no denying the disappointment at a wet and windy Malahide ground in Dublin as rain meant no play was possible before lunch on Friday's opening day of Ireland's landmark fixture. As ground staff...

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Nadal breaks McEnroe record in Madrid but Del Potro, Sharapova, Halep beaten

Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe's 34-year record on Thursday by winning his 50th consecutive set on clay at the Madrid Open. But while the world number one cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Diego Schwartzman, Juan Martin del Potro, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep all crashed out. Nadal's straight-sets victory means he establishes a new Open era best for...

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Pakistan take on Ireland in their first ever test match

DUBLIN: In just a few hours’ time, Ireland will enter the cricket ground in what will be deemed a historic moment in their cricketing history. As test debutants, the Irish have a lot to prove as they are taking on the Pakistan cricket team — known for its unpredictability. The Pakistani cricket team will not be taking the Irish lightly, because...

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Gujrat Warriors crowned champions of first Super Kabaddi League

Lahore: Gujrat Warriors won the first Pakistan Super Kabbadi League title beating Faisalabad Sherdils with 38 to 26 points in Lahore on Thursday. Faisalabad Sherdils beat Sahiwal Bulls by 33-24 in the first semifinal of the league earlier, while Gujrat Warriors outclassed Kashmir Jaanbaaz by 41-27 in the second semifinal clash. The tournament, hosted by Strawberry Sports Management, was played...

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Ireland-Pakistan clash revives World Cup memories

Ireland is all set to debut in historic Test cricket against Pakistan at Malahide on Friday. But several members of their squad already know what it's like to cause a huge upset against Pakistan, having played in the Ireland side that knocked the Asian giants out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean with a stunning three-wicket win in...

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ICC suspends former Sharjah cricket official Irfan Ansari over corruption charges

Web Desk: International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday has suspended long-serving Sharjah Cricket Council (SCC) coach Irfan Ansari for breaching their anti-corruption code. Ansari, also a tournament organising committee member, was suspended from every position he holds in UAE cricket. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had reported ICC when he approached their national team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to spot-fix a match...

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Players can play only two foreign leagues: PCB

Web Desk: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday has restricted centrally-contracted players participation to two foreign leagues each session. According to a press release PCB chairman Najam Sethi has announced the decision in a meeting held on May 3 that included Subhan Ahmad (chief operating officer), Muddassar Nazar (director, academies), Inzamam ul Haq (chief selector), Haroon Rashid (director, cricket...

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Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open

Former world number one Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Italian Open in Rome, organisers confirmed on Wednesday. Last week the 23-time Grand Slam winner pulled out of the Madrid WTA event due to a fever. The American tennis star made her comeback in February, six months after giving birth to baby Olympia, when she competed at Indian...

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Shoaib Malik wants to play on until 2020 World T20

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has set his sights on playing at least until the 2020 World Twenty20 and the 36-year-old is aware that he will have to perform consistently to achieve that goal. The former Pakistan captain retired from Test cricket at the end of 2015, three Tests after earning a shock return to the side after a gap of...

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German Ozil injured, but vows to be at World Cup

Mesut Ozil has joined the list of Germany stars currently injured, but the Arsenal midfielder insisted Monday he will be fit for their World Cup title defence in Russia. "It's a pity I missed yesterday's match with my back injury," Ozil wrote on his Instagram account after sitting out Arsenal's 5-0 rout of Burnley on Sunday. "It'll need some time,...

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North America 2026 World Cup bid vows record profit

Leaders of North America's bid for the 2026 World Cup urged FIFA voters to ignore the "politics of the moment" on Tuesday as they promised to deliver a record-breaking multi-billion-dollar profit for the global football showpiece. In an address to the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in Brussels, United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said the 48-team tournament would...

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