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Fakhar Zaman likely to make Test debut at Lord’s

Fakhar Zaman is likely to make his Test debut at the iconic Lord’s cricket stadium during the first Test against England on Thursday. The left-handed opening batsman was left out from the team during the tour matches against Kent and Northamptonshire. He was not a part of the playing XI in the one-off Test against…

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How cricket’s Test nations performed on their debuts

Ireland will become just the 11th nation to play men’s Test cricket when they face Pakistan at Dublin’s Malahide in a match starting Friday. Ideally they would like to emulate the feat of Australia, who remain the only side to have won their inaugural Test — beating England in the first such match, in Melbourne…

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Ireland to play debut test versus Pakistan on Friday

When Ireland become the 11th nation to play Test cricket against Pakistan at Dublin’s Malahide ground on Friday it will be the culmination of a journey that started nearly three hundred years ago. There are records of cricket being played in Ireland as early as 1731, with Dublin’s Phoenix Cricket Club — still going —…

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Usain Bolt to make footballing debut

Paris: Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will line up opposite British pop star Robbie Williams in a charity football match at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the Jamaican revealed on Tuesday. Now retired, Bolt had given a teaser of what was to come on Twitter on Monday, claiming that he had signed for a football…

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Here is why Sara Ali Khan rejected scripts of seven films

MUMBAI: The next celebrity kid Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, is all poised to begin her cinematic run with Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. Being born to actor parents, Sara Ali Khan is quite wary of any decision that may go awry. Hence, the star kid, who…

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Afghanistan to play first-ever Test in India

New Delhi: Afghanistan will play their first ever Test match in India, officials from both countries announced Monday, amid speculation that the game could be played as early as next year. Afghanistan and Ireland were given Test status in June by the International Cricket Council. “The Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in…

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Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) coin is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Illustration NEW YORK/SYDNEY: Bitcoin futures jumped more than 20 percent in their eagerly anticipated U.S. debut, which backers hope will encourage wider use and legitimacy for the world’s largest cryptocurrency even…

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Cricket: Imam debuts as Sri Lanka bat in third ODI

  Abu Dhabi: Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga won the toss and opted to bat in the third day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Sri Lanka, trailing the five-match series 2-0, brought in batsman Chamara Kapugedara and fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera in place of out-of-form Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal. Pakistan handed…

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Cricket: Ireland to make Test debut v Pakistan in 2018

Ireland will play their first ever Test match against Pakistan on home soil next May, the country’s cricket chiefs announced on Thursday. Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, taking the number of countries who play the five-day format of the game from 10 to 12. Since then…

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Haris Sohail gives Pakistan lead with maiden Test 50

Abu Dhabi: Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath returned with five wickets but a half century from Haris Sohail on his debut saw Pakistan take a three-run lead on the fourth day in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The wily left-armer finished with 5-93 in a marathon 40 overs but left-hander Sohail fought…

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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is ex-Navy sailor

LONDON: Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman, who has earned praise after making his ODI debut against South Africa in Champions Trophy, has served in Pakistan Navy as sailor and left in 2013. Fakhar Zaman has proved to be a decisive batsman in Pakistan’s unpredictable batting order, mainly by scoring half-centuries against Sri Lanka and England. Pakistani…

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WATCH: Brock Lesnar makes his WWE debut

Watch “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar make his WWE debut back in 2002.

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Dream debut for Abbas as Windies limp to 71-4

Mohammad Abbas had a dream debut as Pakistan reduced the West Indies to 71 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday. Sharing the new ball with Mohammad Amir after their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, chose to bat first on winning the…

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Handscomb to make ODI debut against Pakistan

Sydney: Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb will make his limited overs debut for Australia against Pakistan in the third one-day international in Perth on Thursday. Handscomb replaces the injured Mitchell Marsh after a highly successful introduction to Test cricket in which the 25-year-old scored two centuries and two fifties in his first four appearances in the…

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Cricketer Brett Lee changes pitch in India film debut

He is used to playing in front of packed crowds in sporting stadiums — now Australian cricketing great Brett Lee is hoping to win new fans as his debut movie hits cinemas in India. In an email interview with AFP ahead of the release of feature film UNIndian in India on Friday, Lee said he…

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Edward Snowden talks film debut and dramatizing his life in ‘Snowden’

SAN DIEGO, Calif: When former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to discuss a movie on his life, he never thought he would be making his own film debut. Stone had initially interviewed Snowden to include him in DVD outtakes, Snowden said via video link late Thursday in San Diego after…

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Box Office: Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ opens big with $73.7mn debut

LOS ANGELES: Disney’s “Zootopia” scored the fourth biggest March opening ever, debuting to $73.7 million over the weekend. The animated story about a rabbit who joins the police force ranks as the biggest Disney Animation launch (though not the best Pixar debut), outstripping “Frozen,” the 2012 blockbuster that bowed to $67.4 million. With no major…

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Patience key for Pakistan’s oldest rookie Raffatullah

DUBAI: It took 19 years for Raffatullah Mohmand to hit the big time with Pakistan, suffering so many setbacks that he once even considered quitting to play for neighbouring Afghanistan. But patience has paid off for the Peshawar native who at the age of 39 became the oldest player from a Test match country to…

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Wasim’s dubsmash debut

Watch this dubsmash video by cricket legend Wasim Akram, creating a buzz on social media.

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Kendrick Lamar to make orchestra debut in Washington

NEW YORK: Kendrick Lamar, one of the most respected young rappers, will make his classical debut in a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra in Washington announced Monday that the NSO Pops would perform selections of Lamar’s latest album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” with him on October 20. Lamar, who hails from the…

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' set box office record in debut

LOS ANGELES: Pixar's critically acclaimed “Inside Out” — an animated look at the mind of a pre-teen girl — could not defeat the dinosaurs of “Jurassic World” at the North American weekend box office. But Pixar, now part of the Disney empire, nevertheless set an impressive record — for the biggest opening of an original…

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