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Shashank Manohar to step down as ICC chairman, governing body confirms

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that chairman Shashank Manohar will step down when his term ends this year. The ICC is set to discuss the process to elect its new chief at its board meeting on Thursday with media reports saying that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Colin Graves is favourite to fill the...

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Wet weather interrupts third day of Pakistan, Sri Lanka Test

RAWALPINDI: Wet weather delayed the start of play between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi on Friday, the first Test in the country since a deadly attack in 2009. Groundsmen were soaking the outfield and wiping water from the covers, with the third day's play unlikely to start until lunch at 11:45am. Rain and bad light halted play for all...

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Sri Lanka resumes innings post rain hurdle on day 2 of Test against Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: Sri Lanka resumed their innings at 222-5 on Thursday after a nearly three-hour rain delay on the second day of their first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. Intermittent rain forced an early lunch with just 7.5 overs of play possible in the morning session after Sri Lanka, who resumed at 202-5, adding 20 runs without further loss. Dhananjaya de...

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Rain halts play in Pakistan’s first home Test against Sri Lanka

RAWALPINDI: Rain stopped play on the second day of the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Thursday, Pakistan's first home Test in a decade after a deadly attack in 2009. Resuming at 202-5, Sri Lanka had reached 222-5 in 7.5 overs before the umpires stopped play as rain started to pour heavily at the Rawalpindi stadium. Dhananjaya de...

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Pakistan grab five Sri Lankan wickets

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan´s all-pace attack snared four key Sri Lankan wickets on Wednesday to buoy the crowd as Test cricket made its long-awaited return after a deadly attack in 2009. Shaheen Shah Afridi trapped Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne leg-before for 59 soon after lunch to trigger a collapse which saw the visitors lose four wickets within just 31 runs in...

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Dimuth Karunaratne brings Sri Lanka an stable start against Pakistan in first Test

RAWALPINDI: Sri Lanka were 89-0 at lunch on Wednesday as Pakistan hosted its first cricket Test since a deadly 2009 attack scared off foreign teams. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 57 and Oshada Fernando was on 26 after Sri Lanka won the toss on a greenish Rawalpindi stadium pitch. The match is a momentous occasion for Pakistan, and there...

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Azhar Ali remains optimistic as Pakistan braces for first real ‘home’ Test in a decade

RAWALPINDI: Captain Azhar Ali says he is determined to put up a good show in the first Test against Sri Lanka tomorrow. Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, Ali said the team was looking to improve their performance after the team's last unsuccessful Test stint in Australia. He stressed that as captain he would need to put up an exemplary...

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Sri Lankan team arrive in Islamabad to mark return of test cricket in Pakistan after a decade

ISLAMABAD: The Test squad of the Sri Lankan cricket team arrived at Islamabad International Airport on Monday morning ahead of a two-match Test series between the national teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The arrival holds massive significance as it marks the return of the longer format of the game in Pakistan after a gap of more than ten years....

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Fawad Alam returns to test cricket as Misbah announces team for Sri Lanka series

Fawad Alam was the notable induction as Pakistan's head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq on Saturday announced the national team's Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. Alam, who last played the last of his three Tests in 2009, has finally been rewarded for his rich vein of form in domestic circuit. He was selected in place of...

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Mickey Arthur to be appointed Sri Lanka’s head coach

Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur on Wednesday will be signing a two-year contract with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) as their new head coach, ESPNcricinfo reported. Arthur will replace Chandika Hathurusingha and will begin his stint after the Pakistan tour however, the board will be sending him off as the consultant coach during the series. The SLC have...

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Powerful Australia wreaked helpless Pakistan in second test

ADELAIDE: Spin king Nathan Lyon snared five wickets, including dangerous half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq, as dominant Australia inflicted a humiliating defeat on toothless Pakistan in the day-night second Test on Monday. Pakistan lost by an innings and 48 runs. At the dinner break in Adelaide, Pakistan were 229 for eight -- still needing to score another 58...

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Spin master Lyon brings Australia closer to victory against Pakistan

Spin king Nathan Lyon removed dangerous half-century makers Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq Monday as Australia edged closer to victory inside four days at the second Test in Adelaide despite stubborn Pakistan resistance. The visitors resumed the day-night match under clear skies on a precarious 39 for three with Masood not out 14 and Shafiq on eight after being bowled...

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Yasir Shah’s maiden century couldn’t save Pakistan from a forced follow on

Yasir Shah smacked a maiden Test century on Sunday and Babar Azam made 97 as a stubborn Pakistan kept their slim hopes alive in the second Test against Australia despite six wickets to Mitchell Starc. The visitors resumed on an overcast day teetering at 96 for six in reply to Australia's first innings 589 for three declared, built on the...

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David Warner hits 335, Smith shatters record as Pakistan suffer in 2nd Test

An irrepressible David Warner smashed an unbeaten 335 on Saturday while Steve Smith became the fastest man to 7,000 Test runs as Australia put Pakistan to the sword before declaring on day two of the second Test in Adelaide. Skipper Tim Paine waved his players back into the pavilion when they reached 589 for three ahead of the dinner break...

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Shaheen Afridi gets early break through but Australia still strong in second test

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne were patient as they settled on the crease after an early wicket on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Friday. Shaheen Shah Afridi gave Pakistan a breakthrough when Joe Burns (4) was caught behind in the fourth over. Afridi also remained the least expensive bowler, giving away just...

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Fawad Alam touches milestone by becoming second fastest Pakistani to score 12,000 first-class runs

Test cricketer Fawad Alam added another feather to his cap on Wednesday when he became the second-fastest Pakistani to complete 12,000 runs in first-class cricket. 34-year-old Fawad played a brilliant knock of 211 — his fourth career double-hundred in the format — at Karachi’s National Stadium in Quaid e Azam Trophy match against Southern Punjab. He reached the milestone when...

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VLOG: Veteran cricket journalists slam Pakistan coaches over dismal performance against Australia

By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed| Ashar Zaidi, a  veteran sports journalist has initiated his own vlog and the first topic of discussion was the loss Pakistan suffered by the hands of the Aussies in Gabba Test match. Uploading his first Vlog content in his YouTube channel by the name of "Cricket Ghotala",  Ashar invited seasoned sports reporter, Jaffar Hussain, and Amjad...

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