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Holder shines as West Indies dominate Bangladesh

Jason Holder led the rout of Bangladesh with a five-wicket haul as the West Indies took control of the second Test at close on second day at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday. Having fought back well at the start of the day to limit the home side’s first innings to 354, the tourists were…

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Ahmed Shehzad faces ban on failed drug test

Maverick Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad failed a drug test conducted during a domestic tournament in April, the country’s cricket authorities confirmed Tuesday, and could face a ban of up to four years. The offence is the latest in a long litany of Pakistani players charged with doping, and is a severe blow to the 26-year-old’s…

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West Indies dismiss Bangladesh for record Test low of 43

Kemar Roach led the demolition of Bangladesh with a five-wicket haul as the tourists were dismissed for 43, their lowest total ever in Test cricket, before lunch on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday. By stumps the West Indies top-order…

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Could banning plastic save our oceans?

Plastic pollution is a serious problem for the ocean, especially for the creatures that call it home. Reports say nearly 20 metric tons of trash is dumped in the sea every day. Nearly 60% of that trash is comprised of plastic. World Oceans Day is observed on June 8 every year to create awareness about…

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Khan spins Afghanistan to T20 series sweep over Bangladesh

Spin sensation Rashid Khan bowled an excellent last over to help Afghanistan eke out a thrilling one-run win over Bangladesh and complete a series whitewash in the third Twenty20 international Thursday. Chasing 146 for victory, Bangladesh required nine in the 20th over but Khan held his nerve to restrict Bangladesh to 144-6 in the north…

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Bangladesh arrests female cricketer with illegal drugs

Chittagong: One of Bangladesh’s top female cricketers could be jailed for life after being caught with 14,000 methamphetamine pills, police said Sunday. Nazreen Khan Mukta, who plays first-grade cricket in the Dhaka Premier League, was returning from a match in the southeastern city of Cox’s Bazar when police stopped and searched the team bus at…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik opposes censoring Nawaz speeches

SAMAA’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik has spoken out against censoring speeches of former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Mr Malik remarks came after TV channels, including state-run Pakistan Television, censored a part of Nawaz Sharif’s speech during a seminar in Islamabad. “Nawaz Sharif shouldn’t be treated the way MQM’s founder Altaf Hussain was. A leader…

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Explainer: Nadeem Malik on ‘anti-judiciary speech’ ban

Senior journalist and anchorperson Nadeem Malik says that Lahore High Court has set a bad precedent by directing electronic media watchdog to stop airing ‘anti-judiciary speeches’ by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other leaders of the PML-N. Watch his analysis in the video.

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Smith, Warner, Bancroft accept ball-tampering ban

SYDNEY: Former Australia cricket vice-captain David Warner Thursday said he will not be challenging his 12-month ban for ball-tampering and would strive to be a better teammate and role model. His decision, just hours before a deadline, followed a contrite Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft also accepting their sanctions on Wednesday. Warner and Smith were…

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Tears and sympathy: Support grows for Steve Smith over cricket ban

SYDNEY: A wave of sympathy for disgraced Australia skipper Steve Smith gathered pace on Friday after his heart-wrenching apology and as opposition grew to the severity of bans handed out in a ball-tampering scandal. Smith’s tearful appearance in front of media helped trigger the resignation of coach Darren Lehmann and also prompted calls to rein…

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Ball-tampering: Warner, Smith ruled out of IPL

SYDNEY: Steve Smith and David Warner suffered a further blow on Wednesday after the BCCI confirmed that the pair will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Indian Premier League as a result of their part in the ball-tampering scandal currently engulfing Australian cricket. “The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday took cognizance of…

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S.Africa’s Rabada to learn ban appeal result by Wednesday

Cape Town: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will learn the result of his appeal against a ban for the remaining two Tests against Australia within 48 hours following a hearing on Monday, Cricket South Africa said. The hearing, via teleconference with judicial commissioner Michael Heron of New Zealand, lasted for more than five hours. Cricket South…

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Key South African bowler banned for two Tests

Port Elizabeth: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was on Monday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia – and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets. Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing Smith in the first innings. He…

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Sale of Chinese salt banned in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: The Supreme Court (SC) banned the sale and purchase of Chinese salt, also known as Ajinomoto. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice over the sale of Ajinomoto and used cooking oil at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry….

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After PadMan, Anushka-starrer Pari banned in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: After PadMan, Anushka Sharma-starrer Pari became the next to earn the title ‘unfit for public exhibition’ by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad. Mobashir Hasan, the chairperson of CBFC, tweeted: “Imported film #Pari has been declared ‘Unfit’ for public exhibition by a panel followed by #CBFC’s Full Board review as it flouts…

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Iceland bid to ban circumcision riles religious groups

NEWS DESK: A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among leaders of the world’s three major religions, reported AFP. Should the ban go through, it would be a first in Europe, where male circumcision is rare outside the Jewish and Muslim…

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Video: Rana Sanaullah blasts courts for banning party symbol

NEWS DESK: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) had been deprived of its party symbol due to the Supreme Court’s verdict. According to him, this was pre-poll rigging. Watch here:

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PSL fixing: Shahzaib Hasan banned for one year

LAHORE: The Anti-corruption Unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the verdict of the PSL spot fixing case against Shahzaib Hassan today (Wednesday). According to the verdict, one-year ban has been put on the batsman Shahzeb Hassan besides imposing a fine of one million rupees. He was facing charges of secretly persuading cricketers to…

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Sindh bans garbage dumping in open spaces

KARACHI: Sindh government has imposed a ban on dumping household, industrial, commercial and hospital waste in open residential and commercial areas. A notification in this regard says action will be taken against the violators. The garbage is dumped only in areas designated by provincial government or municipal authorities for the purpose. The ban has been…

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German court paves way for diesel driving bans

Leipzig, Germany: A top German court on Tuesday ruled that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution, in a landmark decision that could shake up the auto industry and upend transport policies. Judges at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig found that local authorities have the right to enforce bans on older,…

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Iran protests ban on wrestler who threw bout to avoid Israeli

Tehran: Iran’s wrestling federation has said it will protest a decision to ban one of its athletes and the national coach for deliberately throwing a match to avoid fighting an Israeli opponent. Alireza Karimi Mashiani threw a match against his Russian opponent in the under-23 world championships in Poland in November to avoid fighting Israel’s…

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