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Pakistan face Australia with Twenty20 top ranking at stake

ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident his team can defend their world number one ranking in a stern challenge from Australia in a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Sarfraz led Pakistan to a tri-series triumph by beating Australia in the final at Harare in July this year and needs to win at least one...

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Cristiano Ronaldo dismisses rape allegations against him as police reopens investigation

Police said Monday they had reopened an investigation into a rape accusation made by a former model who says soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo attacked her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009. Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A, rejected the charges as "fake news" during a live chat on Instagram. "What they said today,...

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Indo-Pak battle: Najam Sethi appears before ICC tribunal

DUBAI: Former chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi on Monday appeared before International Cricket Council (ICC) dispute panel as witness and recorded his statement. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is demanding 70 million dollars in compensation from India, claiming that a memorandum of understanding signed in 2014 had guaranteed six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)...

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Hafeez recalled for Test series against Australia

Web Desk: All-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has been included into the Test squad for upcoming series against Australia. Pakistan’s national selection committee Monday recalled former opener Mohammad Hafeez for the two-match Test series against Australia to reinforce its batting following a failed Asia Cup campaign. The 37-year-old was not part of the original 17-member squad announced last week, but after Pakistan...

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Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan tops ICC ranking for all-rounders

DUBAI: According to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings,  Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has become the top-ranked one-day international (ODI) all-rounder after his performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Khan took 10 wickets in five matches and scored 87 runs at an average of 43.50, displacing Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan from the top of the all-rounders’ list. Howver, Indian...

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Kohli praises Bangladeshi cricket team for giving a tough fight to India in Asia Cup final

Regular India skipper Virat Kohli, on Saturday, appreciated Bangladesh’s effort after they went down fighting to the Indian team in the final of the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Friday. India defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in a last-ball thriller and clinched the title for a record seventh time. Following India’s nail biting win, Kohli , who was rested...

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No uncertainty over Sarfraz’s captaincy, says Inzamam

DUBAI: On Saturday, Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has dismissed the uncertainty surrounding Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy. Speaking to local news channel, Inzamam expressed his confidence in Sarfraz and praised his leadership. “There is no question about Sarfraz’s captaincy”, he asserted. “However, Sarfraz and the team did not play the cricket we were expecting.” The 31-year-old currently leads the national side...

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PCB announces 17-member squad for Test series against Australia

Web Desk: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday has announced 17-member squad for 2 Test match series against Australia. Fast bowler Muhammad Amir has been dropped from squad due to his poor performance in Asia Cup 2018. He remained wicket less throughout the tournament. Mohammad Hafeez was not included in the squad so as Fawad Alam. Pakistan’s spin will bank...

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I take responsibility over Pakistan’s dismal performance in Asia Cup: Sarfraz Ahmed

On Wednesday, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that he takes responsibility for the team's performance in Asia Cup. When asked by media personnel, if he should have rested and handed the wicket-keeping duty to another wicketkeeper, the batsman said, “This is the work of the selection committee. My work is to play. You should ask the selection committee this question....

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Sri Lanka drop ‘scapegoat’ skipper Angelo Mathews for England ODIs

Sri Lanka's sacked skipper Angelo Mathews was dropped Wednesday from the ODI and T20 squads against England after he accused the board of making him a scapegoat for the team's Asia Cup debacle. The 31-year-old all-rounder was not included in the 15-man squad for the five one-day internationals and the one-off T20 against England beginning on October 10. Cricket officials...

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Shahid Afridi ‘disappointed’ over Pakistan dismal performance in Asia cup

Web-Desk: Pakistan's former cricketer, Boom Boom Shahid Afridi, on Thursday expressed disappointment over Sarfaraz led team's performance in Asia Cup, saying that the 'young team' which performed well in previous tournaments was expected to maintain that standard. Furthermore, cricketer turned philanthropist congratulated Bangladesh for excelling into Asia Cup's final where the latter will play India on September 28th. Congratulations Bangladesh🇧🇩Disappointed...

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Josh Hazlewood, Marsh named Australia’s joint test vice-captains

SYDNEY: Paceman Josh Hazlewood and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were named joint vice-captains of the Australia test team on Thursday under a new leadership structure installed in the wake of this year’s ball-tampering scandal. Hazlewood and Marsh will support captain Tim Paine and be the permanent replacements for David Warner, who was stripped of the post and banned from international and...

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Asia Cup: Bangladesh push Pakistan out of tournament

ABU DHABI: Bangladesh engineered Pakistan’s ouster from the Asia Cup with a 37-run win in a one-sided Super Four  match played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday. Junaid Khan’s brilliant spell restricted Bangladesh to 239 in the last Super Four match of Asia Cup 2018. In response, Pakistan managed to score 202 runs in 50 overs for the loss of...

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Wozniacki, Kerber stunned at Wuhan Open

World number two Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber were stunned at the Wuhan Open in China on Wednesday, both suffering shock defeats at the hands of less fancied opponents. Olympic champion Monica Puig gave herself an early birthday present, beating Wozniacki 7-6 (12-10), 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals. She was joined in the last eight by in-form Ashleigh...

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Peshawar Zalmi signs MOU with Austrian Cricket Association for promotion of cricket

Web Desk: Zalmi Foundation signs an MOU with the Austrian Cricket Association. The MoU was signed in Vienna, Austria between the Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi and Zalmi Foundation and Austrian Cricket Association Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Ashfaaq. According to the MoU, Peshawar Zalmi will play its part to promote cricket in Austria with emphasis on school cricket. Austrian Cricket team will...

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Tayyip Erdogan’s shadow looms over Turkey bid for Euro 2024

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an avid follower of sports who massively developed football infrastructure, has in 15 years in power always come away empty-handed from bids for Turkey to hold one of the world's great sporting events. On Thursday, UEFA will determine if Erdogan's dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host...

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Asia Cup: India, Afghanistan match ends in thrilling tie

DUBAI: Afghanistan once again showing their class pulled off a sensational tie off the penultimate ball against India in the Super Four stage match of the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. Batting first Afghanistan set 253-run target for India to chase, courtesy Mohammad Shahzads 124 and Mohammad Nabis 64 have been the driving factor in Afghanistans innings. Afghanistan managed to...

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