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Shoaib Malik ruled out of T20 series against New Zealand

LAHORE: Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik will not be available for the upcoming Twenty20 series against New Zealand starting from Monday. Pakistan Tour Management Committee, consisting of Team Manager, Talat Ali, Head Coach, Mickey Arthur and Captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, held a meeting with Pakistan Team Physiotherapist, Vib Singh and Shoaib Malik to discuss his participation in…

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Stress fracture rules Junaid Khan out of New Zealand tour

LAHORE: Green-shirts face another setback as pacer Junaid Khan has been ruled out for four weeks due to a stress fracture of the foot ahead of their limited-overs tour to New Zealand. Pakistan’s five-ODI series in New Zealand begins on January 6, with the three T20s set to be played between January 22 and 28….

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Cricket: Steyn set for injury return

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is set to make his comeback to cricket after more than a year out of the game with injury. Steyn, 34, was on Tuesday named in a 13-man Titans squad for a domestic Twenty20 match against the Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday. He has not played since breaking down…

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Iceland president faints, breaks nose in ‘too hot’ bath

REYKJAVIK: Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson has said he feels fine after he hit his forehead and broke his nose when he fainted and fell while taking a hot bath. “A warm and cosy bath last night turned out to be too hot and cosy,” the 49-year-old academic said in a Facebook post on Thursday. Johannesson,…

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Attention men: neck massage by barber after haircut might leave you paralyzed!

NEW DELHI: A haircut at most barber shops in India is followed by a head massage, reported Times of India. It often ends with a ‘neck-crack’, when the barber holds you by the chin and tilts the neck sharply to the left and right. Like countless Indian men, Ajay Kumar, 54, came away from the salon…

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Video: Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain win relay

Usain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up injured on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday.

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Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

CINCINNATI: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury. The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew…

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England’s Ballance out of third Test

LONDON: England batsman Gary Ballance has been ruled out of next week’s third Test against South Africa with a broken finger, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Tuesday.

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Hodge apologises to Kohli over injury comments

DHARAMSALA: Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has apologised to Virat Kohli for comments suggesting the India captain missed the fourth test in Dharamsala to rest his injured shoulder ahead of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 campaign, starting next week. Kohli was ruled out on the morning of the series-decider against Australia after failing to recover…

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Pakistani soldier injured in firing from across Afghan border

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistani soldier sustained injuries after terrorists from across the border opened fire on Mangrotai area in South Waziristan Agency on Sunday, Samaa reported. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the injured soldier was shifted to a medical facility at Wana via helicopter. Pakistan army troops effectively responded to suspected terrorists hideouts on…

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Salman Khan continues to work despite ligament injury

MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan reportedly suffered a ligament injury on his leg and the actor has been continuing to work despite the injury. It is being said that the actor is often spotted limping on the sets because of the injury but he has been trying to control the same by popping in painkillers. Salman…

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Tennis: Nadal calls for slower balls to prevent injury

Rafael Nadal believes the modern game is too fast, increasing the risk of injuries at elite level, and advocates the use of balls which bounce less to slow things down. The 30-year-old Spaniard, who has won 14 Grand Slam titles in his career, has been blighted by injury and believes the game should be slowed…

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Yasir Shah’s injury concern Pakistan ahead of England tour

KARACHI: Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah needs four to five weeks to recover from a knee injury, officials said Monday, putting him on track for the team’s summer tour of England. The 30-year-old, who is ranked third in Tests, was forced out of a boot camp in the city of Abbottabad after experiencing pain in…

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Injury-hit Yasir Shah doubtful for 3rd ODI

SHARJAH: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, a key weapon in team’s bowling attack, has suffered knee injury during a practice session that puts his availability for Tuesday’s third one-day international against England in Sharjah doubtful. Head coach Waqar Younis warned his team needed to play out of their skins to take a lead over England. Pakistan…

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Pakistan sweat on Yasir Shah’s fitness

ABU DHABI: Key Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah suffered a back spasm during team training on Monday, a day before the start of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi. The 29-year-old leg-spinner apparently hurt his back as he attempted to stop a bowler’s back drive in the nets. “Yasir’s injury is concerning and could…

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Former England wicketkeeper Prior retires

LONDON: Former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior announced on Thursday that he has retired at the age of 33 due to injury. Prior made the last of his 79 Test appearances against India at Lord's 11 months ago before undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon. He had hoped to return to action with Sussex in this…

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Less sports training tied to groin injury

NEW YORK: Groin injuries are common in sports requiring quick direction changes, acceleration and deceleration – and they’re even more common when athletes have less sport-specific training or weaker inner thigh muscles, researchers say. Groin injuries are common in soccer, ice hockey, rugby, Australian rules football, Gaelic football and cricket, lead author Dr. Jackie L….

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Windies call-up Permaul to cover injury-hit Bishoo

BRIDGETOWN: Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was added to the West Indies squad for the third and final Test against England which gets underway at the Kensington Oval on Friday. Permaul was summoned to make up a 15-man squad after leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo suffered a cut to his ring finger in the right hand. Permaul, 25, made…

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Cricket: Injury hits comeback for Mohammad Amir

KARACHI: Paceman Mohammad Amir's comeback after his ban for spot-fixing has been halted by a hamstring injury which will take up to three weeks to recover, his agent said Friday. The left-arm quick suffered the injury on his 23rd birthday — the second day of the Patron's Trophy Grade II final in Karachi on Monday….

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New Zealand's Southee in injury scare

AUCKLAND: In-form New Zealand spearhead Tim Southee suffered a shoulder injury on Thursday but team management said he would be fit for Saturday's all-important World Cup game against Australia in Auckland. The 26-year-old suffered a nasty blow when struck by a throw from team-mate Adam Milne during fielding practice at Eden Park and fell over…

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Injury hits another Pakistani bowler

SYDNEY: Pakistani bowler Sohail Khan has been injured during warm-up match against Bangladesh, in yet another blow to the Green Shirts ahead of World Cup, Samaa reported Monday. According to Samaa correspondent, Sohail Khan had calf injury during the match in which he bowled eight overs and took one wicket. PCB spokesman says the player’s…

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