Friday, 5 March 2021

AFP

Olly Stone, Root shine in England T20 warm-up match

PAARL: Fast bowler Olly Stone and Test captain Joe Root played leading roles in an England intra-squad Twenty20 warm-up match at Boland Park in Paarl. Neither Stone nor Root is in England s T20 squad but will be part of the one-day international set-up for a three-match series that will follow ...

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Covid-19 vaccines offer hope as world leaders plan for future

PARIS: France is expected to loosen its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday as the boss of a major airline said proof of vaccination will likely become the only way people can fly in a post-pandemic world. Hopes over Covid-19 vaccines have given a boost to virus-weary citizens across the globe, but ...

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Moeen says he’s ‘never experienced’ racism in English cricket

LONDON: Moeen Ali has insisted “hand on heart” he has not experienced any racism during his time in English cricket following a welter of allegations. Tuesday saw the England and Wales Cricket Board accused of “institutional racism” by former international umpire John Holder and aspiring official Ismail Dawood, who both ...

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New York closes schools as Europe virus deaths rise

NEW YORK: New York announced Wednesday it would close schools to battle a rise in coronavirus infections as the death rate in Europe surged and protests against restrictions turned violent. The toughened measures in America s most-populous city came despite Pharma giant Pfizer boosting hopes of a possible end to the ...

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England Cricket Board confirms Pakistan tour

BIRMINGHAM: England has confirmed to send its cricket team to Pakistan for a short tour next year in October to mark their first visit to the country since 2005. A joint announcement by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that England men’s team ...

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‘A bit of happiness’: Ben Stokes dedicates to ailing dad

DUBAI: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has dedicated his biggest Indian Premier League innings to his father, who is battling cancer in New Zealand. Stokes smashed an unbeaten 107 off just 60 balls to help Rajasthan Royals beat holders Mumbai Indians by eight wickets on Sunday, keeping the inaugural IPL champions ...

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Emergency declared in Spain; global virus cases soar

MADRID: Spain declared a national state of emergency to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organisation reported a third straight day of record new infections across the world. The WHO has warned that some countries are on a “dangerous track”, with too many witnessing an exponential increase ...

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Iran tests home-made air defence systems

TEHRAN: Iran tested home-made air defence systems during military exercises, state media said, days after the expiry of an international arms embargo against the Islamic republic. The manoeuvres – dubbed “Defenders of the Sky” – took place in “an area covering half of the country s surface”, state television s Iribnews website ...

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Israel, UAE agree visa-free travel for nationals: Netanyahu

DUBAI: Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed on Monday to reciprocal visa-free travel, making Emirati citizens the first in the Arab world to not require Israeli entry permits. The deal was signed after the first-ever official delegation from the UAE landed in Israel for a day of talks following ...

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