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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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PCB invalidated ‘CEO appointment proposal’ story, says no such request made to PM

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) strongly denies the story carried today by daily English Newspaper titled ‘PM Imran turns down Mani’s proposal to appoint Majid as CEO', according to a PCB press release. "There is no truth in the story; PCB Chairman Mr. Ehsan Mani has made no request or contacted Patron-in-Chief, Prime Minister Imran Khan for the appointment...

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Mr.360, ABD is coming to PSL this season

LAHORE: The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League just got more exciting with the signing of South African legend AB de Villiers. The former South African skipper, AB de Villiers, retired from international cricket earlier this year. He is considered among the greatest batsmen of all time with over 20,000 international runs to his name. A supremely athletic fielder...

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Serena storms into US Open final to face Japan history-maker Osaka

Six-time champion Serena Williams swept aside Anastasija Sevastova Thursday to reach a ninth US Open final, where she'll face Japanese trailblazer Naomi Osaka. Williams, seeded 17th as she seeks to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles for the first time since the birth of her daughter Olympia last year, needed just 66 minutes to dispatch the 19th-seeded Sevastova 6-3,...

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Shoaib Akhtar resigns from post of PCB

LAHORE: On Thursday, former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar resigned from the post of adviser to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman. “This is to announce that I have resigned from the post of adviser to the chairman PCB effective immediately,” Akhtar tweeted. This is to announce that i have resigned from the post of Advisor to the Chairman #PCB effective immediately.@TheRealPCB...

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Australian cricket draws up cultural charter to avoid scandals

Australian cricket is drawing up a cultural blueprint in which players will pledge to uphold certain standards in a move away from their win-at-all-costs mentality, according to skipper Tim Paine. The player charter is being developed in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in March that rocked the game and cost captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner their...

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Ehsan Mani to go on with legal case against India before ICC over pulling out of bilateral series

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s new cricket chairman says he will continue to push his country’s case at the ICC dispute committee over archrival India pulling out of two bilateral series. “Their (Indian) policy has been overall contradicting, because they are always ready to play in multinational tournaments like Asia Cup and World Cup but pulls out on bilateral arrangements,” Pakistan Cricket...

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Serena battles past Pliskova to reach semis

NEW YORK: Serena Williams fought back from a break down in the first set to beat Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-3 and reach the semi-finals of the US Open in suffocating conditions on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who is bidding for a record seventh title at Flushing Meadows as well her 24th career Grand Slam crown, started sluggishly at...

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Pakistan’s 16 member squad finalized, Imad and Hafeez benched

LAHORE: Pakistan’s 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup was announced by Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq here on Tuesday. The squad includes six fast bowlers. Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain) Fakhar Zaman Shoaib Malik Mohammad Amir Shadab Khan Imam ul Haq Shan Masood Babar Azam Asif Ali Haris Sohail Mohammad Nawaz Fahim Ashraf Hasan Ali Junaid Khan Usman Shinwari Shaheen Afridi Pakistan will...

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Maria Sharapova beaten by birthday girl Suarez Navarro in New York

NEW YORK: Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro celebrated her 30th birthday in style at the US Open on Monday by beating Russian Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3 to book her place in the quarter-finals. Sharapova, the 2006 champion, had never lost a night session match in New York prior to her first Grand Slam meeting with Suarez Navarro. “Thank you so much...

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Kyrgyzstan kicks off third World Nomad Games

Ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan kicked off the so-called World Nomad Games it has hosted biennally since 2014 Monday with Turkey pledging to host the 2020 edition of the week-long traditional sport extravaganza. The picturesque Kyrchyn gorge near the shores of the Central Asian country's Lake Issyk-Kul was awash with colour as dancers and horse riders entertained international and local guests before the...

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Salah, Modric and Ronaldo on FIFA player of the year shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been nominated as finalists for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, world soccer’s governing body announced on Monday. Ronaldo, who has won the award for the last two years, helped Real Madrid claim a third consecutive Champions League crown before securing a transfer to Juventus. Midfielder Modric, also part of Madrid’s Champions...

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Ehsan Mani installed as new PCB chairman

LAHORE: Ehsan Mani has installed as the new Pakistan Cricket Baord chairman today following the resignation of former PCB chairman Najam Sethi on August 20. Mani was elected unopposed at a special meeting of the Board of Governors held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore which was superintended by Justice (R) Afzal Haider. Mr. Ehsan Mani has been elected Chairman PCB by...

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England’s Cook to retire from internationals after India series

LONDON: England great Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after the end of the ongoing series with India, the opening batsman announced Monday. The 33-year-old Essex left-hander is England's all-time leading Test run-scorer with 12,254 at 44.88 including 32 hundreds while his run of 159 consecutive Test appearances is a world record. But the former England captain has struggled...

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Ali bowls England to series win over India

Moeen Ali bowled England to a series-clinching 60-run win in the fourth Test against India at Southampton on Sunday. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, left England an unassailable 3-1 up in the five-match series against India, the world's number one ranked Test side, ahead of Friday's finale at The Oval. India, set 245 to win, were...

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Asian Games in the bag – but could Indonesia host the Olympics?

An Indonesian bid to host the 2032 Olympics would have been laughed off just a few weeks ago, but a smooth Asian Games may just have put it in the frame to host the world's biggest multi-sports event. No Southeast Asian country has talked seriously about holding the Summer Games, meaning that even a bid would be another major step...

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Sri Lanka recalls Lasith Malinga for Asia Cup

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket selectors Saturday recalled fast bowler Lasith Malinga after a year in limbo and included him in a 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament. The injury-prone 35-year-old had been largely ignored since his last ODI appearance in September last year against India in Colombo when he took just one wicket for 35 runs. Sri Lanka...

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