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Shakib Al Hasan to lead Bangladesh in Test format

DHAKA: Bangladesh have named all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as test captain in place of Mushfiqur Rahim ahead of the two-match test series against Sri Lanka in January, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Sunday. Shakib previously led the team for nine tests from 2009 to 2011 and took over the Twenty20 captaincy during the…

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Sri Lanka draw third Test, India win series 1-0

New Delhi: Batsmen Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva helped Sri Lanka draw the pollution-tainted third and final Test in New Delhi as India took the series 1-0 on Wednesday. Dhananjaya, who retired hurt on 119 due to muscle stiffness, and Roshen, who remained unbeaten on 74, held Sri Lanka steady over three sessions of…

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Sri Lanka’s Lakmal vomits in smog-choked Delhi Test

New Delhi: Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal vomited on the ground Tuesday as New Delhi’s pollution again took centre stage during the third Test between India and Sri Lanka. Amid the toxic haze that engulfed the stadium for a fourth day, the Sri Lankan paceman looked sick and pale as he returned to the dressing room…

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Australia all out 138, England chase 354 to win

Adelaide, Australia: Australia were all out for 138 leaving England needing 354 runs to win the second Ashes Test on the fourth day in Adelaide on Tuesday. James Anderson took five wickets for the first time in Australia while Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja both top scored with 20. The highest winning run chase in…

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Kohli double century puts India on top of pollution-hit Test

New Delhi: Virat Kohli smashed a record double century to put India on top in the third Test against Sri Lanka, whose fielders wore anti-pollution masks in extraordinary scenes in a smoggy Delhi on Sunday. Kohli cracked a career-best 243 but his sixth double century as captain was overshadowed on the second day after Sri…

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Delhi pollution interrupts India-Sri Lanka Test

NEWS DESK: India were almost forced to declare their innings in bizarre circumstances as Sri Lanka ran out of players healthy enough to field in the polluted Delhi air on day two of the Test, reported ESPN Cricinfo. There were two stoppages – 17 minutes and five minutes – before the eventual declaration even as…

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Ashes 2017: England strike early but Australia march on in Adelaide

ADELAIDE: England struck early with the second new ball but Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh put together a sixth wicket partnership of 85 to help push Australia to 306 for six at tea on the second day of the first Ashes day-night test on Sunday. Paine completed his third test half century – seven years…

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Rain delays first Test between Sri Lanka and India

KOLKATA: Rain delayed the toss for the opening Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Thursday. Inclement weather in the eastern city of Kolkata had forced the two teams to cancel their practice on the eve of the first of the three Tests and drizzle Thursday morning kept the covers in place at…

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Cricket: Sri Lanka eyes ex-Bangladesh coach

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is in talks to hire former Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to groom its national team for the 2019 cricket World Cup, sources said Wednesday. The 49-year-old Sri Lankan stepped down from the Bangladesh team earlier this month after a disastrous tour of South Africa. Since then there has been speculation he…

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England must silence Aussie crowds to win Ashes – Swann

LONDON: England must silence the baying home crowds if they are to stand any chance of getting on top of Australia during the upcoming Ashes series, said former spinner Graeme Swann.

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Committee formed to probe alleged paper leak

KARACHI: The Sindh Health Department has constituted an inquiry committee to probe the allegations of improper conduct of Public Sector Medical Colleges/ Universities Entry Test conducted on October 22, through National Testing Service (NTS) at various Centers. Special Secretary (Admn), Health Department Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar will be chairman of the committee, said a statement on…

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Pakistan to test 5G internet service soon

ISLAMABAD: Minster for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal has said after successful launch of third and fourth generation technology, the government will soon test 5G service in the country. Presiding over a meeting on Digital Pakistan in Islamabad, he said the government is striving to achieve the goals in the human resources development and technology…

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Cricket: West Indies win series after drawn Zimbabwe Test

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: An obstinate stand of 91 between Regis Chakabva and Graeme Cremer secured Zimbabwe’s first draw in Test cricket since 2005, leaving the West Indies to settle for a 1-0 series victory. The West Indies were on course to win the second Test on the final day when Sikandar Raza’s dismissal for 89 left…

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Cricket: India recall Vijay for Sri Lanka Tests

MUMBAI: Selectors recalled experienced opener Murali Vijay to India’s Test squad Monday for the first two matches of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts next month. The right-hander has recovered from a wrist injury that forced him to miss India’s recent tour of its island neighbour, when Virat Kohli’s side crushed the Sri…

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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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