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Australia bat against India in 3rd ODI

INDORE: Australia skipper Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat first in their must-win third one-day international against India in Indore on Sunday. The visitors, who trail the five-match series 2-0, have made two changes to the side that suffered a 50-run loss in Kolkata on Thursday. Opener Aaron Finch and wicketkeeper-batsman Peter…

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Time to wake up, Chief Selector Inzi!

Omair Alavi Inzamam ul Haq is easily the laziest Cricketer to represent Pakistan at the international level; just imagine where he would have been had he not been lazy but quick between the wickets, more attentive when batting and a bigger threat to the best bowlers in the world. His last Test innings where he…

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Cricket: Gayle ‘good to go’ says Holder    

BRISTOL: Chris Gayle is “good to go” for Sunday’s third one-day international against England, according to West Indies captain Jason Holder. The star batsman suffered a hamstring injury while warming-up shortly before the toss in Thursday’s second ODI in Nottingham — his 38th birthday. It turned out to be a good match to miss, with…

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Yasir Shah picked for test squad against Sri Lanka

LAHORE: Leg spinner Yasir Shah has been picked in Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming test series Sri Lanka starting from 28th September. Pakistan announced its test squad for the two-match test series against the island-nation on Saturday. The right arm spinner made it to the team after passing a fitness test. Team: Shan Masood, Sami…

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Tom Moody named head coach of Multan Sultans

KARACHI: Multan Sultans, the sixth franchise of Pakistan Super League (PSL), has appointed former Australian cricketer Tom Moody as its head coach. The announcement was made by the league’s Director of Cricket and former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram during a ceremony to launch the team’s kit and logo in Karachi. “Tom Moody has great experience…

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Pakistan paceman Mohammad Irfan raring to return after ban

LAHORE: Mohammad Irfan expects to avoid a backlash from Pakistan fans after the paceman served a six-month ban for failing to disclose approaches made by bookmakers during a domestic Twenty20 tournament and is happy for the chance to resume his career. The 35-year-old, who played for Islamabad United in the UAE-based 2017 Pakistan Super League…

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Yadav hat-trick gives India big win in 2nd ODI

Kolkata: Kuldeep Yadav’s maiden hat-trick and a fluent 92 by Virat Kohli helped India cruise to a 50-run win over Australia in the second one-day international in Kolkata on Thursday. Yadav once again combined with fellow wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to dismiss the visitors for 202 in 43.1 overs while chasing 253 and earn India…

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Cricket: Rahim says Bangladesh ready to take ‘next step’

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said Thursday his team were approaching their tour of South Africa with confidence after playing well in recent years. Rahim said he wanted his team to build on their form in home matches, including Test wins over England and Australia in the past year. “Bangladesh has been playing really well in…

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PCB seeks stiffer sentence for Sharjeel Khan

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is seeking a stiffer sentence for Sharjeel Khan who was suspended from all forms of cricket for five years for his role in a spot-fixing scandal. In a Twitter statement on Thursday, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said that the cricket board has filed an appeal against the sentence imposed on…

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PCB announces Pak women team’s tour of UAE to play New Zeland

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced the itinerary of Pakistan women team’s tour to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play three one day international and four T20 matches against New Zealand women team. The PCB will be hosting the New Zealand Women Cricket Team for the ICC Women Cricket Championship, Round 1 at Sharjah,…

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Cricket: Engineer hopes for India-Pakistan ‘restoration’

India great Farokh Engineer would like to see “relations restored” in a “delicate” situation with Pakistan so the arch-rivals can resume bilateral cricket series. Amid the current glut of international cricket, one of the more remarkable statistics is that India and Pakistan have not played a Test against each other since the 2007/08 season. An…

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Cricket: India reach three-Test South Africa compromise

India will play three Test matches in South Africa this season, the boards of both countries announced on Wednesday. The first Test will start in Cape Town on January 5 while details of the remaining two Tests as well as six one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals will be announced later. South Africa will also…

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Pakistan XI to play cricket match against UK Media XI in Miranshah

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan XI will play a cricket match against UK Media XI in Miranshah on Thursday. Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted that the match will be telecasted live from Miranshah. The match will be played at Younis Khan Stadium. “Peace and prosperity is our destiny,” he added….

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Sri Lanka name new selectors ahead of Pakistan series

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Tuesday appointed former Test player Graeme Labrooy as the chief selector, days before a two-Test series kicks off in the UAE against Pakistan. Labrooy’s appointment comes after a selection panel led by batting great Sanath Jayasuriya resigned en masse following the team’s humiliating 3-0 whitewash at home to India in a…

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Ahmed-Babar become Pakistan’s most successful T20 batting pair

LAHORE: After displaying wonderful performances in the Independence Cup, Pakistan batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam have become the most successful Twenty20 international pair for the country. According to a PTV Sports report, the pair have batted five times together and registered two century partnerships and two fifty partnerships with an average of 78.80. Ahmed…

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Booming ‘super’ league culture makes India’s sports market sizzle

New Delhi: Boxing, badminton, poker, pool — every sport imaginable is rebranding in India as a “super” or “pro” franchise-based competition chasing a slice of an emerging billion-dollar entertainment market dominated by cricket’s Indian Premier League. The star-studded Twenty20 tournament has inspired a raft of glitzy new sports leagues seeking to replicate the winning formula…

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Cricket: Bairstow to open for England in 1st Windies ODI

Cricket: Bairstow to open for England in 1st Windies ODICricket: Bairstow to open for England in 1st Windies ODI    MANCHESTER: United Kingdom- Jonny Bairstow will open for England in the first one-day international against West Indies, captain Eoin Morgan announced Monday. Tuesday’s match at Manchester’s Old Trafford is England’s first ODI since their Champions…

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Cricket: Brathwaite’s 8,000-mile trip pays off as Windies beat England

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite was rewarded for making an 8,000-mile round trip to Chester-le-Street as the tourists beat England by 21 runs in a lone Twenty20 international on Saturday. England, set 177 for victory, were bowled out for 155 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside. Barbados-born Brathwaite, 29, had been West Indies’ star with…

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Cricket: Windies star Gayle forecasts big future for Lewis

Chris Gayle said opening partner Evin Lewis was “one to look out for” after the West Indies duo combined to good effect in a Twenty20 international against England on Saturday. Gayle’s first match of the West Indies’ tour of England saw the big-hitting opener make a typically rapid 40 before he was run out at…

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Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket

Lahore: South African skipper Faf du Plessis Saturday admitted he was nervous ahead of the World XI tour of Pakistan but praised the hosts for ensuring a safe series which he said would help its revival of international cricket. Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan had not hosted top-level international cricket…

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PCB names 18 players for the camp for Sri Lanka tour

LAHORE: The National Selection Committee, headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, has selected 18 players to feature in the training camp here at Gaddafi Stadium from Sept 19 for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. The players will assemble at the NCA on September 18 evening and the camp will conclude on Sept 23. The Test team…

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