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Imran Khan and other sports stars turned politicians

Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader. But he is not the only one to have swapped playing fields for the hustings. Here are five other sport stars who have made a similar switch: George Weah  Imran's elevation to premier is...

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FIFA fines Egypt $50K for prohibited World Cup warmup game

ZURICH: FIFA has fined Egypt’s soccer federation 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) for playing a World Cup warmup game during a prohibited period. No international friendlies were allowed from May 21-27 which was a mandatory rest week for World Cup players. FIFA says the mandatory rest week was “in order to protect players before the final competition.” On May 25, Egypt...

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ECB announces schedule for Pakistan’s ODI, T20 tour to England before World Cup 2019

Web Desk: The England Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday has announced the dates and venues of Pakistan Cricket team tour to England before ICC World Cup 2019. According to details, Pakistan will play five one-day internationals and a T20I against England before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The tour will start with the only T20i at Cardiff on May...

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Kuldeep Yadav gets the green signal for England Test series

LEEDS: India left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been included in an 18-man squad announced Wednesday for the first three Tests of their series in England after impressing in recent limited overs matches. The 23-year-old took five wickets in the opening Twenty20 international and then returned superb figures of six for 25 -- the best by any spinner against England in...

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‘I want to cement my legacy’: Joshua plans history bid

Anthony Joshua has set his sights on joining boxing's all-time greats as the heavyweight champion builds up to his title defence against Russia's Alexander Povetkin. Joshua, the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion, faces mandatory challenger Povetkin at Wembley on September 22 amid mounting expectation the British fighter will then get in the ring with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Negotiations...

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Sri Lanka seeks ‘clear rules’ on ball tampering

Sri Lanka's sports minister called on the International Cricket Council to establish "simple, clear rules" Wednesday after skipper Dinesh Chandimal was punished for ball tampering. "Laws governing the offence / act of altering the condition of the ball are somewhat vague and lack clarity," Faiszer Musthapha said in a statement. "I invite the ICC to revisit the applicable laws and...

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3rd ODI: Pakistan thrashes Zimbabwe by 9 wickets, clinches series

BULAWAYO: On Wednesday, Pakistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 9 wickets as the green shirts clinched the series by decisive lead of 3-0 as two other matches to played remained formality. Earlier batting today, a depleted Zimbabwe were left regretting their decision to bat first as Pakistan pacers tore through their top and middle order, as hosts were bowled out at 67...

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Indonesia is ready 95pc for Asian Games, but security threat looms.

Asian Games venues will be ready before Indonesia hosts the showpiece event in a month, organisers say, but the threat of terror attacks and endless traffic jams still looms over the huge tournament. An army of labourers has been toiling around the clock to finish building work, widen roads and plant trees in a breakneck bid to beautify Jakarta, a...

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Zimbabwe opt to bat as Pakistan eye series-clinching win

BULAWAYO: Depleted hosts Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan in the third one-day international today, as the tourists look to seal the five-match series. Fresh off a nine-wicket win in the second ODI, Pakistan are already 2-0 up in the series, while Zimbabwe continue to struggle with a string of defeats, first in the tri-series and then back-to-back...

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Kiwi cricket legend Hadlee faces more cancer surgery

WELLINGTON: New Zealand cricketing great Richard Hadlee will undergo a second round of surgery after cancer spread to his liver, his wife Dianne said Monday. Hadlee s family revealed last month that he had a tumour removed after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and was expected to make a full recovery after a course of chemotherapy. Dianne Hadlee provided an...

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PCB’s general body gives Najam Sethi unqualified vote of confidence

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s General Body has unanimously given Chairman PCB Najam Sethi unqualified vote of confidence for his tireless efforts to revive cricket in Pakistan. The Elected Presidents of the Cricketing Regions of Pakistan gave their vote of confidence at the annual general meeting (AGM) held here on Tuesday and also congratulated Najam Sethi on showing exemplary leadership...

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Sri Lanka captain banned for four ODIs, two Tests

COLOMBO: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday banned Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal and two top officials for two Tests and four one-day internationals (ODI) for breaching the spirit of the game. Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, manager Asanka Gurusinha and Chandimal refused to take to the field for two hours during the second Test against the West Indies last month...

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French fans give hero welcome to ‘Les Bleus’ World Cup champions

PARIS: Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team on Monday, jumping and chanting “We Are The Champions” as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception. “Les Bleus”, a dynamic, young team that won an open, fast-paced final 4-2 with Croatia in Moscow, appeared at the...

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PCB allocates RS916 million for domestic cricket

LAHORE: The BoG approved the PCB budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 which was presented by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The 49th Meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Governing Board (BoG) was held today at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. While reviewing previous year’s financial performance for 2017-18, the BoG noted that the PCB has very successfully...

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Zaman, Usman heroics helps Pakistan to thrash Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI

BULAWAYO: Fakhar Zaman's not out 117 runs hands Pakistan second straight win over Zimbabwe by 9 wickets in second One-Day International (ODI) of five match series, played at Bulawayo cricket stadium on Monday. Batting first the host managed to score only 194 runs courtesy Usman Shinwari's magnificent spell with figures of 4 for 36 runs in 10 overs. In response...

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Joshua to defend heavyweight titles against Povetkin

Britain's Anthony Joshua will defend his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation heavyweight titles against Russia's Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium on September 22, promoter Eddie Hearn announced Monday. Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's WBA title and a successful bout against the Russian would give the London 2012 Olympic champion greater freedom to...

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France set for heroes’ welcome after thrilling World Cup win

Victorious France were set to return to a heroes' welcome on Monday after winning the World Cup for the second time with a rollercoaster 4-2 victory over Croatia which set off chaotic celebrations at home. Teenager Kylian Mbappe applied the coup de grace in Moscow as France, aided by an own goal and the video assistant referee, overcame determined opponents...

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