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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers amid coronavirus fright

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 T20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200, according to a Reuters tally, since...

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Azam century in vain as Australia claim victory in first Test

BRISBANE: Australia went one up in their two-Test series against Pakistan when they won the first Test by an innings and five runs at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday. Australian skipper Tim Paine said he would prefer all home Test series to begin at the Gabba after his team won the opening match at the Brisbane fortress by an...

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Pakistan reeling at 64-3 against Australia in 3rd day of first test

Marnus Labuschagne posted a career-high 185 and David Warner contributed 154 as the top three batsmen scored 436 of Australia's 580 first-innings runs in the first Test against Pakistan. Pakistan's first three wickets fell within seven overs in the second innings late on Saturday to conclude a lopsided first three days in the series-opener at the Gabba, where the Australians...

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Warner scores century as Pakistani bowling line-up crumbles

Australia opener David Warner enjoyed a measure of redemption as he scored his first Test century since a year-long ban for ball-tampering on Friday. Warner, who managed just 95 runs in 10 innings during this year's Ashes series against England, reached his 22nd Test century in the first Test against Pakistan. Before the Ashes, he spent a year in the...

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Australia restricts Pakistan to 240 runs with a furious bowling attack

Mitchell Starc took four for 52 as a middle-session blitz and some late new-ball fireworks helped Australia dismiss Pakistan for 240 to bring a close to the opening day of the first test in Brisbane on Thursday. Pat Cummins took three wickets (3-60) and the third Australian quick, Josh Hazlewood, grabbed two as the hosts took the honours on a...

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Asad Shafiq provides strength to batting line-up as Pakistan collapses against Australia

BRISBANE: Pakistan are 227-8 after 81 overs in the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on Thursday. Asad Shafiq is drawing in on a century having put 76 runs on the scoreboard. Earlier, Australia's pacemen found their length after lunch to take four wickets at the cost of three runs in one spell and left Pakistan...

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Sana Mir is taking a break from international cricket

Fast bowler Sana Mir has announced she is taking a break from international cricket to "reset her future objections". Despite unclear reasons, Mir has extended her support and well wishes to her fraternity and shared that she wants to "reset my future objections". Mir said in a statement, "I have decided to take a break from international cricket and, as...

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Pakistan has potential to defeat Australia: Azhar Ali

Test captain Azhar Ali says Pakistan has the ability to win and perform well in Australia during their upcoming two-match Test series. Addressing a press conference in Brisbane ahead of the first Test, Ali said the team has the potential to perform well and in fact even win against the kangaroos. “The playing XI will be announced tomorrow,” Ali said....

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Sri Lanka to play Test matches in Rawalpindi, Karachi: PCB

High-level Test cricket will return to Pakistan in December after more than 10 years when Sri Lanka returns to play the World Test Championship matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in a press release. The first Test will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from December 11 to 15, while the second Test will...

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Pakistan manages to retain top spot in ICC T20I ranking despite consecutive defeats

Pakistan has managed to barely retain their top spot in the ICC T20I Team Rankings, despite losing back-to-back T20I series and winning just a single match in the format all year. The Men in Green, as per the ICC indexes updated on Monday, have a rating of 270, just one higher than second-placed Australia (269). England (265) round off the top three,...

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Snooker Champion Mohammad Asif receives hero’s welcome in Pakistan

Pakistan’s star cueist Mohammad Asif received hero's welcome at Karachi airport upon his return from Turkey after winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship title. The arrival lounge echoed with slogans of 'Pakistan Zindabad' and 'Mohammad Asif Zindabad' as the champion arrived carrying the glittering trophy of IBSF Championship. The champion was greeted by the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA),...

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Australia thrashes Pakistan in 2nd T20, clinches series 2-0

Australia defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets in the third and final T20I at Perth Stadium, and clinched the three-match series 2-0. Australian captain Aaron Finch, after winning the toss, had said that he wanted to exploit the moisture in the pitch, and his bowlers couldn't have done it better. The extra bounce in the wicket, deemed "rock hard" by Waqar...

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Mohammad Hafeez denies FBR served him 170 MN notice for concealment of assets

Star cricketer Mohammad Hafeez on Thursday denied receiving a show-cause notice from the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) amid reports that the tax collection body is inquiring him for alleged concealment of assets. “I am unaware of any notice from the FBR,” Hafeez told a private news channel. “I have no idea why such a news is being spread.” Hafeez...

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Australia defeats Pakistan by 7 wickets, takes a lead in series

CANBERRA: Host Australia on Tuesday defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets in the second Twenty20 International here at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Steven Smith played a magnificent inning of 80 runs off 51 balls and helped Kangaroos claim the victory. Mohammad Irfan, Imad Wasim, and Mohammad Amir took one wicket each. Iftikhar Ahmed with 62 runs and skipper Babar Azam with...

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PakvsAus: First T20I abandoned due to rain

Australia were 41-0 after 3.1 overs in pursuit of their revised 119-run target against Pakistan on Sunday when rain interrupted play for the second time, eventually forcing the first T20I in Sydney — already reduced to 15 overs — to be abandoned. The opening up of the heavens saved Pakistan from a certain defeat, as in the prior over the...

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Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell takes break to deal with mental health issues

MELBOURNE: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is taking a break from cricket to deal with mental health “difficulties”, governing body Cricket Australia said on Thursday. “Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game,” team psychologist Michael Lloyd said in a statement. “Glenn was...

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Kohli and team’s security to be beefed up after Indian agency receives terror threat

The Indian national cricket team’s security is set to be increased after National Investigation Agency (NIA) reportedly received an anonymous letter detailing that captain Virat Kohli and team are on a threat list, India Today reported on Tuesday. The Indian team is to gear up against Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday, in view of which the Indian agency has alerted...

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