Wednesday, 22 January 2020

AFP

Yearender 2019: Stokes and Smith shine in eventful year

LONDON: Ben Stokes starred as England won the World Cup for the first time before producing one of the most memorable innings in Ashes history as Australia’s Steve Smith enjoyed a successful return to the international stage after the ‘sandpaper’ ball-tampering scandal. But they were not the lone standout performers ...

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Taylor Swift to headline UK’s Glastonbury Festival

LONDON: Pop superstar Taylor Swift will headline at Britain’s famous Glastonbury Festival for the first time next year, organisers and the singer have announced. The “You Need to Calm Down” singer will perform on the storied Pyramid Stage on Sunday June 28, the final day of the music bash, the ...

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Six uncapped players in South Africa Test squad to face England

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa named six uncapped players in a 17-man squad for the first two Tests against England, starting at Centurion on December 26. Five players who played in a recent 3-0 series defeat in India were dropped, while fast bowler Lungi Ngidi was not considered because of a hamstring ...

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Shahid Afridi completed a century of ducks

DHAKA: Pakistan’s legendary former all-rounder Shahid Afridi completed a century of ducks in competitive cricket, while representing Dhaka Platoon against Rajshahi Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). England’s all-rounder Ravi Bopara removed Afridi on his first ball which led to the embarrassing record. The all-rounder has been dismissed for ...

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Rain delays third day of historic Pakistan, Sri Lanka Test

RAWALPINDI:  Bad light halted play in Rawalpindi on Friday as conditions continued to play havoc with Pakistan´s first home Test in a decade, against Sri Lanka. After day three´s first session was washed out by wet weather, only 27 minutes of play was possible before the players walked off with ...

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Suu Kyi criticised in court over ‘silence’ on Myanmar rape claims

LONDON: The Gambia condemned Aung San Suu Kyi’s “silence” over the plight of Rohingya Muslims after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate defended Myanmar against genocide charges at the UN’s top court. Lawyers for the mostly Muslim African country said her arguments that Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown was a “clearance operation” ...

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Marnus Labuschagne ton stalls Kiwis in day-night Test

PERTH: Emerging Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne posted his third successive Test century to frustrate a resilient New Zealand attack on the opening day of the first Test in Perth. After Australia won a potentially pivotal toss in scorching heat and elected to bat in the first ever day-night Test in ...

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Asghar Afghan returns as Afghanistan captain

KABUL: Asghar Afghan was reappointed as Afghanistan captain just eight months after being controversially sacked as skipper, the war-torn country’s cricket board announced. The 31-year-old Afghan, who made 104 international appearances as captain after taking over following the 2015 World Cup, was originally dumped in May, with senior players including ...

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Boycott rallies rock Algeria day before presidential poll

ALGIERS: Algerian police violently dispersed an anti-vote protest in Algiers, on the eve of a widely unpopular presidential election. As a helicopter flew overhead, more than 200 anti-riot police charged protesters assembled outside the capital’s central post office, injuring at least eight people, an AFP journalist said. About 30 protesters ...

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