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Legendary Viv Richards hopes World Cup spot to boost Windies cricket

Legendary batsman Viv Richards said West Indian cricket will benefit from qualifying for the World Cup, and that it would have been a huge blow had they not made it to England in 2019. The West Indies — whose fortunes have plummeted in recent years — were in danger of missing out after the International…

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Windies edge Zimbabwe to stay on World Cup course

Harare:West Indies edged closer to a place in the 2019 World Cup when they defeated Zimbabwe by four wickets in the latest qualifying match on Monday. Chasing 290 to win, the two-time champions reached their target with six balls to spare after surviving a worrying mid-innings collapse. The West Indies lead the Super Sixes qualifying…

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16-year-old record-breaker Mujeeb spins Afghanistan to victory

SHARJAH: Teenage leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman became the youngest bowler to claim five wickets in a one-day international when he inspired Afghanistan to a 10-wicket rout of Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI on Friday. The 16-year-old finished with 5-50 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 134 in 34 overs. Afghanistan then cruised to victory…

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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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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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Shakib inspires Bangladesh to crushing win over Zimbabwe

Dhaka: Star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed a half-century and claimed three wickets as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 91 runs in a tri-nation one-day international tournament in Dhaka on Tuesday. Chasing 217 for victory, Zimbabwe were bundled out for 125 off 36.3 overs after Shakib took 3-34 with his left-arm spin for the hosts. Shakib…

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U-19 World Cup: Australia thrash PNG by 311 runs, India hammer Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

MOUNT MAUNGANUI/LINCOLN: India thrashed Zimababwe and Australia hammered Papua New Guinea in their Under-19 World Cup fixtures on Saturday, Samaa reported. Australia thrashed Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 311 runs at Lincoln. Batting first, Australia scored 370/8 in 50 overs. Nathan McSweeney scored 156 runs from 111 balls with 18 boundaries and four sixes to…

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Chatara grabs four as Zimbabwe edge Sri Lanka

Dhaka: Fast bowler Tendai Chatara claimed four wickets to help Zimbabwe edge Sri Lanka by 12 runs in the second one-day international of the tri-nation tournament in Dhaka on Wednesday. Chasing 291 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 278 in 48.1 overs despite a fighting 37-ball 64 by Thisara Perera. Opener Kusal Perera…

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U19 World Cup: Mohsin Khan hits ton as Pakistan win warm-up game

Pakistan rode on a century by Mohsin Khan to defeat Namibia by 190 runs while the Windies defeated Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in a low-scoring game. Afghanistan gave an early warning of their potential in the U19 Cricket World 2018 Cup when they pulled off an impressive 56-run victory over Bangladesh in a…

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Cricket: De Villiers, Steyn back in Test squad

Johannesburg: AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn were on Tuesday named in a 14-man squad for South Africa’s one-off day-night Test against Zimbabwe, starting in Port Elizabeth on December 26. Batsman De Villiers has not played Test cricket since January 2016 while fast bowler Steyn suffered a fractured shoulder in a Test against Australia in…

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Zimbabwe swears in first post-Mugabe cabinet

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet on Monday, with allies defending him against criticism for giving top posts to the generals who helped his rise to power. Sworn in as president on Nov. 24 after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit following a de facto military coup, Mnangagwa has also come under fire…

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Zimbabwe’s new president dissolves Mugabe cabinet

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa three days after his inauguration has dissolved the cabinet of his predecessor Robert Mugabe, who resigned after the military took control of the country, a senior government official said Monday. Mnangagwa “is in the process of putting together a new team of cabinet ministers,” Misheck Sibanda, the chief secretary to…

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African Union welcomes Mugabe resignation

ADDIS ABABA: The African Union has welcomed Robert Mugabe’s decision to step down as president of Zimbabwe, saying the people had expressed their will for a “peaceful transfer of power.” AU commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said he “welcomes the decision by President Robert Mugabe to step down from his position as Head of State…

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Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign in Zimbabwe

Harare: Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover. The move looks set to bring an end to Zimbabwe’s worst-ever political crisis since the country won independence from Britain in 1980. The bombshell announcement was made…

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party set to sack Mugabe: sources

HARARE: The leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to approve the dismissal of President Robert Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence 37 years ago, two party sources have said. An extraordinary meeting of the party’s central committee is expected to convene around 10:30 a.m. (0830…

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Fate of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe hangs in the balance amid coup confusion

HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule, reported Reuters. The United States, a longtime critic of Mugabe over allegations of human rights abuses…

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Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest and his generals denied staging a coup. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be slipping as armoured military vehicles blockaded parliament, soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior soldiers…

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Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know

Harare: Zimbabwe is under the control of the military two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party’s senior ranks. Analysts say it appears to be the climax of a power struggle between liberation-era figures loyal to ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and forces faithful to First Lady Grace…

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Mugabe says he’s under house arrest: S.Africa’s Zuma

Johannesburg, South Africa: President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest in Zimbabwe, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a statement Wednesday after the Zimbabwean military appeared to have taken control of the country. “President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that…

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It is not a military coup, says Zimbabwe army

HARARE: Zimbabwean military officers read an address live on state TV in the early hours of Wednesday, saying they were not launching a coup but were “targeting criminals around” President Robert Mugabe. “It is not a military takeover of government,” said one general reading a statement. “We wish to assure the nation that his excellency…

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US tells citizens in Zimbabwe to ‘shelter’ amid uncertainty

HARARE: The US embassy in Zimbabwe on Wednesday warned its citizens in the country to “shelter in place” due to “ongoing political uncertainty” as the crisis threatening President Robert Mugabe’s government deepened. “As a result of the ongoing political uncertainty through the night, the Ambassador has instructed all employees to remain home (Wednesday),” the embassy…

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