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Lahore Qalandars skipper Hafeez ruled out of PSL

Dubai: Lahore Qalandars has suffered a major blow as skipper Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the entire Pakistan Super League due to his thumb injury. AB de Villiers will now lead the team from the Sharjah leg of the tournament. Sameen Rana, team manager and CEO of the team, said: “It’s a very disappointing news for us. AB...

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Mohamed Salah voted African Footballer of the Year

DAKAR: Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was voted as the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday. Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the technical directors...

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ICC approves USA reinstatement as 105th member

WASHINGTON: The International Cricket Council approved USA Cricket as its 105th member on Tuesday, restoring the sport in the United States after the expulsion of a previous national governing body. The move making USA Cricket the ICC's 93rd associate member allows the group to obtain ICC development funding and sanction international and domestic cricket in the United States. That is...

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History beckons as Serena shoots for history

MELBOURNE: Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favourite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form. Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret...

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PM Khan congratulates India for triumph in Australia

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday congratulated the Indian cricket team on becoming the first ever Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. India clinched the series 2-1 after the fourth and final Test was called off due to rain in Sydney on Monday, sealing their first win in Australia since they began touring Down Under in 1947-48....

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Tons for Taylor, Nicholls as New Zealand sweep Sri Lanka ODI series

NELSON: Veteran Ross Taylor and rising star Henry Nicholls both smashed centuries as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 115 runs in the third one-day international in Nelson Tuesday to complete a 3-0 series whitewash. Taylor top-scored with 137 and Nicholls was unbeaten on 124 off just 80 balls, lifting the hosts to 364 for four after they lost the...

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Salah set to retain African Player of the Year title

JOHANNESBURG: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is set to be named 2018 African Player of the Year for a second successive time at a gala awards ceremony in Senegal Tuesday. The sharpshooter is competing against fellow English Premier League stars, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. Consistent scorer Salah has already won the 2018 BBC...

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South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis suspended for third Test

CAPE TOWN: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was on Sunday suspended for one Test because of his team´s slow over rate as they beat Pakistan in Cape Town. The ICC announced the punishment in a statement after South Africa won the second Test by nine wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Du Plessis and his...

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India win first ever Test series in Australia

SYDNEY: Virat Kohli´s dominant India reinforced their status as the world´s number one team by winning a historic first-ever series in Australia on Monday after play in the final Sydney Test was abandoned due to rain. Australia were still 316 in arrears when the match was called off as a draw, leaving India with a 2-1 triumph after wins in...

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South Africa beat Pakistan by nine wickets to clinch Test series

South Africa thrashes Pakistan by nine wickets on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands on Sunday. Pakistan claimed a wicket and forced Hashim Amla to retire hurt before South Africa passed their meagre target after less than an hour s play at Newlands. Set 41 to win, South Africa reached 43 for the loss of one wicket...

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Second Test: South Africa to chase 41 runs to claim series win against Pakistan

South Africa will have to return to Newlands on Sunday to score 41 runs to complete a series win over Pakistan after the hosts were bowled out for 294 in the last over of the third day of the second Test on Saturday. Earlier in the third day, Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada struck early blows as Pakistan started their...

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India declare at 622-7 in Sydney Test

SYDNEY: India declared at a massive 622 for seven in their first innings of the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney Friday after centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant. Pujara made 163 and Pant was not out 159 when skipper Virat Kohli made his call in the final overs of the day after Ravindra Jadeja was out...

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Pakistan batsmen struggling with mind games, says Mickey Arthur

CAPE TOWN: Pakistan’s batsmen are facing a mental battle in South Africa after being dismissed for less than 200 for the third time in a row, their coach Mickey Arthur said on Thursday. Pakistan were bowled out for 177 in the opening two sessions of the first day of the second Test at Newlands, showing no improvement from the first...

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Pakistan crumble against South African pace quartet

CAPE TOWN: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hit a spirited half-century but could not prevent South Africa’s fast bowlers taking control on the first day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday. South Africa’s decision to pick an all-pace attack paid dividends with all the bowlers picking up wickets as Pakistan were dismissed out for 177 after being sent in...

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Capetown Test: South Africa win toss, opt to bowl against Pakistan

CAPE TOWN: South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl against Pakistan in the second Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Thursday. The hosts won the first Test in Pretoria by six wickets inside eight sessions as both bowling attacks found conditions to their liking with seam movement, and at times steep bounce. Pakistan will be bolstered by the return of...

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Guptill, Neesham break records as New Zealand post 371 against Sri Lanka

TAURANGA: Martin Guptill celebrated his return to the New Zealand line-up with a masterful century as New Zealand posted 371 for seven in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka in Tauranga on Thursday. James Neesham also recalled to the New Zealand side, marked his return with five sixes in one over on his way an unbeaten 47 off 13...

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Pakistan look to fix batting woes against hostile South Africa

CAPE TOWN: Pakistan’s struggling batsmen must find a way to handle South Africa’s potent pace attack if they are to claw their way back into the three-match series in the second Test that starts on what is likely to be a lively Newlands wicket on Thursday. South Africa claimed the first Test in Pretoria by six wickets inside eight sessions...

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