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England coach wants T20 internationals scrapped

England coach Trevor Bayliss has called for Twenty20 matches to be cut from the international calendar to ease the burden on top players and coaches. Speaking after his side failed to qualify for the trans-Tasman T20 series final in New Zealand, Bayliss questioned the wisdom of retaining the format at the top level. Instead, he…

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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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Video: Shadab Khan croons ‘Dil To Bacha Hai Ji’ song

ISLAMABAD: Watch Islamabad United’s very own Shadab Khan croon the famous Bollywood song Dil To Bacha Hai Ji.  We all knew Shadab Khan is a magician when it comes to turning the ball but we hadn’t quite tapped his singing talent yet. You be the judge!

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Federer quietly hoping for dream return to No. 1

Rotterdam, Netherlands: Roger Federer said Monday he could allow himself to dream about recapturing the world number one spot at this week’s Rotterdam tournament and becoming the oldest man ever to hold the position. To climb back to the top at the age of 36, the Swiss must at least reach the semi-finals. If seedings…

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‘Too soon’ to tell if Korean Olympic thaw will last: Mattis

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis cast doubt Sunday on whether North Korea’s charm offensive at the Winter Olympics would lead to a lasting rapprochement between Pyongyang and Seoul. “Clearly it is too early to say… if that is going to have any traction once the Olympics are over,” Mattis said. “In the midst of all…

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Zimbabwe thrash Afghanistan to level series

Brendan Taylor scored a majestic 125 as Zimbabwe thrashed Afghanistan by 154 runs in the second one-day international at Sharjah on Sunday to level the five-match series. Wicketkeeper Taylor led the Africans to 333-5 from their 50 overs with his ninth ODI hundred, before Graeme Cremer took 4-41 with his leg-spin as Afghanistan slumped to…

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Serena loses on return to competition

Serena Williams lost her long-awaited comeback match, a dead-rubber doubles tie alongside sister Venus Williams, in an anti-climactic finish to the United States’ Fed Cup clash against the Netherlands on Sunday. The Williams sisters lost 6-2, 6-3 to the Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, with Serena appearing particularly slow on her feet…

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Misbah-ul-Haq sends video message ahead of Islamabad vs Quetta epic clash

LAHORE: Pakistani batsman and Islamabad United captain Misbah-ul-Haq urged people to come to Rawalpindi stadium to watch the epic clash between the two PSL teams, on Saturday.  Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will clash on February 15, one week ahead of the first match of the Pakistan Super League 3.

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“Flag seedha karo apna”: Afridi tells Indian fan

ST MORITZ: Former Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Khan Afridi posed with fans after a game of ice cricket and told an Indian fan to straighten her flag as she got ready to pose with him, on Friday.  Fans love Shahid Khan Afridi to the core, whether they be Pakistani, Indian, Australian or basically every other…

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Preparations for PSL final in Karachi pick up pace

KARACHI: Preparations have started to pick up pace ahead of the PSL final to be held in metropolis on Friday.  According to details, a meeting presided by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was held in which a security plan was prepared for the PSL 3 final which will be held at the National Stadium….

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Video: The rise of Shadab Khan and Islamabad United’s second song

ISLAMABAD: The second song from Islamabad United’s album has been released and it’s magnificent! Catch the latest episode of Baajay Aur Ballay as Islamabad United takes you through the rise and fall of Shadab Khan, the ace spinner, from his school days to the final of the Champions Trophy.  Tou @irfanjunejo mere bhai, scenes kuch…

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Ex-Pakistan skipper Salman Butt to play in Bangladesh

The disgraced former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has arrived in Bangladesh to play his first full-fledged competition outside his homeland since serving a five-year ban for spot fixing, an official said Tuesday. He was cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play in the latest edition of the Dhaka Premier League, a popular Bangladesh club…

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Islamabad United releases first song as PSL 3 draws nearer

Islamabad United has released the first song from its unreleased album as the Pakistan Super League 3 edition draws nearer each day.  For fans of Islamabad United, things could not get more exciting. The catchy tune and impressive lyrics are sure to enchant fans of the franchise that will lock horns with other teams in…

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Federer has ‘no idea’ how long he will go on

NEWS DESK: Age-defying Roger Federer says after winning his third Grand Slam title in a year he has no idea how long he will continue playing, reported AFP. The 36-year-old Swiss marvel continues to defy the years and attrition rate, reaching his 30th Grand Slam decider and claiming his sixth Australian crown and 20th Grand…

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Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title

Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic in five sets to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in a riveting final on Sunday. The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in…

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Tennis: Federer into 7th Aussie final as Chung retires

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer eased into his seventh Australian Open final in a bitter-sweet win after South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon retired injured in their last four showdown Friday. The Swiss great was leading 6-1, 5-2 when Chung called it quits with foot blisters, and he will now face Marin Cilic in his…

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No danger to PSL, tournament will take place at any cost: Sethi

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi said on Thursday that there was no danger to the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament and that it would take place at all cost.  Speaking to media personnel outside the PCB head office, Sethi rebuffed reports that the tournament was in danger and…

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Wary Federer through to semis after Hawkeye hiccup

MELBOURNE: A momentary loss of Roger Federer’s trademark cool enlivened an otherwise routine victory by the defending champion over Tomas Berdych as the Swiss player moved into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Federer’s ninth successive defeat of the burly Czech, this time 7-6(1) 6-3 6-4, was not all smooth sailing for the…

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Coach Mickey Arthur rejects Amir, Hasan Ali’s request for rest

National cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has denied requests from fast bowlers Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir to be rested in the remaining two matches of the T20 series against New Zealand. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir had both requested the national coach to rest them in the remaining two matches and had said that…

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Women tennis players say need foreign coaches

National Table Tennis Championship is in progress in Karachi. The participating women players say they need foreign coaches to get big victories at international level. Know more from Shoaib Jutt.

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Ailing captain Root bats on in bid to save England

Stricken captain Joe Root returned to batting after a night struggling with a stomach bug to keep England alive on the final day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia on Monday. Root went to hospital overnight with England Cricket initially saying he had “severe dehydration” after fielding and batting in intense heat on Sunday….

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