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New international Test and ODI leagues agreed by ICC

DUBAI: The Test series league will see nine teams play six series over two years – three home and three away, while the ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket…

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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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Cricket: Sri Lanka hurt Pakistan with four wickets

Dubai: Sri Lanka took four wickets in the first session to put Pakistan in trouble at 115-4 at tea on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday. Sri Lankan pace-cum spin attack put the brakes on Pakistan’s progress after they resumed at 51-0. They removed both the openers in the…

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2nd Test: Karunaratne strengthens Sri Lanka to 355-4

Dubai: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne continued his demolition of Pakistani bowlers to take Sri Lanka to 355-4 at tea on the second day of the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday. Karunaratne was unbeaten on a solid 170 for his seventh Test hundred, alongside Niroshan Dickwella on 47 not out, as Sri Lanka added…

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Cricket: Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka in strong position

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position at 254 for three on the opening day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Friday. The left-hander was unbeaten on 133, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (49 not out) after Sri Lanka…

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Cricket: Stokes will not be on Ashes flight: ECB

LONDON: Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on October 28 but no final decision has been taken on his involvement in the Ashes, cricket chiefs said Friday. Test vice-captain Stokes, 26, was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended, along with Alex Hales, from internationals…

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Du Plessis wants no respite for Bangladesh

If Bangladesh’s batsmen found the going tough in the first Test, they can expect it to be even more difficult in the second match if South African captain Faf du Plessis gets his way. “I’m on the groundsman’s case,” Du Plessis said after South Africa bowled out Bangladesh for 90 to complete a crushing 333-run…

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Azhar Ali joins Pakistan’s 5,000 Test club

Abu Dhabi: Consistent Pakistan middle-order batsman Azhar Ali completed 5,000 runs in the longer format during the third day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. The 32-year-old beceme the eighth Pakistan batsman to reach the milestone in his 61st Test, when he took a single to reach a personal score of…

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Azhar Ali defies Sri Lanka in first Test

Abu Dhabi: Azhar Ali once more rescued Pakistan’s batting with a fighting half century on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The one-drop batsman was unbeaten on 74 but saw Babar Azam fell for 28 in the last over of the day as Pakistan finished on…

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Chandimal stars as Sri Lanka put pressure on Pakistan

Captain Dinesh Chandimal made an unbeaten 155 as Sri Lanka put the pressure on Pakistan on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Openers Sami Aslam (31 not out) and Shan Masood (30 not out) negotiated 23 overs to take Pakistan to 64-0, still trailing Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of…

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Unconquered Chandimal’s century takes Sri lanka to 419

ABU DHABI: Dinesh Chandimal hit an unbeaten hundred to help Sri Lanka post a big 491-run total on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The Sri Lankan skipper remained undefeated on a punishing 155 to lift Sri Lanka from positions of 61-3 and an overnight 227-4 at…

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Chandimal ton as Sri Lanka frustrate Pakistan

Abu Dhabi: Captain Dinesh Chandimal hit a fighting century to lead Sri lanka to 322-5 on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Chandimal was unbeaten on 109 at lunch and with him Dilruwan Perera was four not out after Sri Lanka resumed from their overnight score of…

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Karunaratne leads Sri Lanka fightback in first Test against Pakistan

Abu Dhabi: Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne led his team’s recovery with a solid half-century on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The left-hander was unbeaten on a sedate 81 with skipper Dinesh Chandimal on 32 not out as the pair added 82 for an unbroken fourth-wicket…

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Pak-Sri Lanka 1st Test on Thursday

DUBAI: The first cricket Test of two-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at Abu Dhabi from Thursday. Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan squad while Sri Lankan team will be headed by Dinesh Chandimal. Pakistan will step into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. Playing without…

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No Misbah, Younis as Pakistan look to new Test era

Abu Dhabi: Pakistan will step into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Abu Dhabi from Thursday. Playing without Younis and Misbah is unaccustomed territory for Pakistan, who haven’t had a Test featuring neither of the talismanic, prolific pair…

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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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Video: Test of biometric system fails in NA-120

The experiment of using biometric system in NA-120 has badly failed; hence, the Election Commission of Pakistan has decided not to use the data verification machines in next general elections. Watch this report…

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JP Duminy retires from Test and first class matches  

JOHANNESBURG: South African international JP Duminy announced his retirement from Test match and first class cricket on Saturday. The 33-year-old left-handed batsman and part-time right-arm off-spinner will continue to play in limited overs cricket both domestically and internationally, he said in a statement sent by Cricket South Africa. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege and…

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Test-best Anderson bowls England to Windies series win

James Anderson took the best innings figures of his Test career as England completed a nine-wicket and series-clinching victory against West Indies at Lord’s on Saturday. Anderson followed up his Friday feat of becoming the first England bowler and only sixth in history to take 500 Test wickets by finishing with a return of seven…

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PCB announces schedule of Sri Lanka tour

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board  (PCB) announced the schedule of the Sri Lanka Tour to Pakistan 2017 (played at the neutral venue in UAE) on Saturday (today). According to PCB, the series comprises of 2 Test Matches, 5 One Day Internationals, and 3 T-20I matches with last T-20I to be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore…

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Bangladesh strike back after Warner ton

CHITTAGONG: David Warner hit his second hundred in a row before Bangladesh fought back with three key wickets on a rain-hit third day of the second Test against Australia on Wednesday. At tea the visitors were 321-5, after rain washed out the entire first session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong. Australia now…

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