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Schedule of Pakistan tour to South Africa announced

JOHANNESBURG: The schedule of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa was announced on Monday.  Pakistan will play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa this year. Pakistan, who will tour South Africa for the first time since 2013/14, will play the prime holiday season Tests in December and January, with Centurion…

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Fawad Alam ‘disappointed’ over non-selection in Test team

LAHORE: Cricketer Fawad Alam expressed his disappointment over not being selected for the tour of England, Ireland and Scotland. Pakistan announced its 16-member squad for the upcoming tour which includes five uncapped players. “I was disappointed over not being picked in the Test side,” Fawad said. “I will continue to perform in domestic cricket.” The…

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Pothas quits as Sri Lanka fielding coach

Colombo: South African Nic Pothas has ended his coaching contract with Sri Lanka to spend time with his young family, the island nation’s cricket board said Tuesday. The 44-year-old joined Sri Lanka in 2016 as fielding coach but was unexpectedly elevated to the top job after Graham Ford’s abrupt exit in June last year. Under his…

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Lifted by India, South Asia regains growth lead, still lags on jobs

ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2017 – South Asia is the fastest growing region in the world–according to the latest report by the World Bank.  This is largely driven by India’s growth rebound and is not consistent among countries. Despite accelerating global growth and trade, exports remain weak. Progress on fiscal consolidation is slow, and deficits are…

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ACC shifts Asia Cup 2018 from India to UAE

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian Cricket Council has decided to shift the 2018 Asia Cup from India to United Arab Emirates. Pakistan had expressed its concern over security and other issues in India. ACC accepted Pakistan’s stance and shifted the tournament to UAE. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will co-host the Emerging Nations Cup. The event will be…

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Javeria Khan leads Pakistan to series win over Sri Lanka

Three run outs in the seventh over whilst chasing 114 against Pakistan completely derailed Sri Lanka in the decisive third Women’s Twenty20 International, played at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club on Saturday 31 March. Asked to bat first, Pakistan struggled to get going, but Javeria Khan continued to be the standout batter on tour with a…

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Maroof, Mir seal ODI series for Pakistan in Women’s Championship

COLOMBO: Pakistan kept up their winning run in Sri Lanka, following up their 3-0 win in the ICC Women’s Championship one-day international series with a one-wicket win with one ball left in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club on Wednesday 28 March. Asked to bat first, Sri Lanka finished at…

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Manzoor Wassan predicts winner of PSL 2018

KARACHI: PPP leader Manzoor has predicted that Islamabad United will be crowned Pakistan Super League 2018 champions. The provincial minister made the prediction while speaking exclusively with Samaa TV. The Pakistan People’s Party leader also made predictions regarding return of international cricket. “International cricket will resume in Pakistan by the end of this year and…

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Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign three MoUs to enhance multiple cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Sri Lanka Friday signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of youth development and training of diplomats and civil servants. The MoUs were signed at the Prime Minister’s House during the visit of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is here on a three-day visit. Both…

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What has PSL done for Pakistan’s cricket?

By Roohan Ahmed Cricket has finally come back to Karachi, the city where I was born and started playing the game in the late 90s. Like thousands of fans, I too am grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board, its chairman Najam Sethi, the government and all the law-enforcement-agencies for making this city safe again for…

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Sri Lanka endorses CPEC, says President Maithripala Sirisena

KARACHI: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that his country is pleased over Pakistan’s economic progress and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. He said this on Wednesday during a meeting with Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair upon his arrival at VVIP lounge of Jinnah International Airport Karachi, said an official statement issued by the Governor…

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Pakistan seal 94-win over Sri Lanka, win series

Captain Bismah Maroof’s 89 and Sana Mir’s 4/20 helped Pakistan Women to a 94-run victory over Sri Lanka Women in the second ICC World Championship one-day international of the three-match series in Dambulla. The victory gave Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, after they had won the first ODI by 69 runs. Opting…

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Javeria Khan century gives Pakistan opening win over Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Javeria Khan’s second one-day international century was backed by a strong bowling effort as Pakistan strode to a 69-run win over Sri Lanka in the first of a three-match ODI series which contributes to the ICC Women’s Championship match. Khan marshalled the middle order and guided her side to 250/6 in their 50 overs…

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Why Lankan Buddhist extremist couldn’t turn Sri Lanka into Myanmar

By Jawad Akram Recent flare-up of anti-Muslim riots in Kandy, a central district in Sri Lanka, by Sinhalese Buddhist extremists has recalled the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state of Myanmar by local Buddhist majority, last year (2017). Sinhalese Buddhists constitute about 75 percent of Sri Lanka’s 21 million population and Muslims in…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo – Sri Lanka Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and damaged dozens of mosques and homes. “The cabinet of ministers decided on tough measures, including a 10-day nationwide state of emergency,” Minister of City Planning Rauff Hakeem said as police imposed a…

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Mathews ruled out of tri-nation series in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Sri Lanka limited-overs captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of next month’s tri-nation Twenty20 tournament after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the country’s cricket board said Tuesday. The hosts will be led by Dinesh Chandimal in the series starting March 6 at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. India and Bangladesh are the…

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Bangladesh name Windies bowling great Walsh for interim coach

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday named West Indies fast bowling great Courtney Walsh as interim coach for next month’s tri-nation Twenty20 series in Sri Lanka. Walsh has been Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach since early 2016 but had never been called on to take charge of the entire squad. Bangladesh have been without a head coach since…

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PSL inches closer to Pakistan with three home games, international stars

DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League launches its third edition in Dubai on Thursday, adding a sixth team, more international stars and with hopes that the Twenty20 tournament can be staged entirely on home soil from 2019. The new Multan Sultans and the confirmation of a slew of international greats such as Shane Watson and Brendon…

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India on top in Test rankings

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the latest Test rankings, Samaa reported on Tuesday. According to details, India tops the Test rankings for teams while South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England are at second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Sri Lanka is at sixth place while Pakistan holds the seventh spot in the…

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ICC criticises Bangladesh Test pitch

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday penalised the “below average” pitch in Chittagong after batsmen plundered more than 1,500 runs during last week’s Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Five centuries and six half-centuries were smashed over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium before the teams accepted a draw in the opening…

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