Sunday, 26 January 2020

Cricket

Arthur ‘unsurprised’ by Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket

LAHORE: Head coach Mickey Arthur termed Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket “unsurprising”, saying the bowler had been thinking about it for over a year. Arthur, revealed the management had tried to ease Amir’s workload over the past year and experimented with the possibility of making him an overseas-only bowler. Ultimately, however, Arthur ...

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Imam apologises for scandal with multiple women

LAHORE: Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq has apologised to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for an online scandal involving multiple women who accused him of “cheating and manipulation”. The opening batsman had landed in hot waters last week when a few women posted alleged screenshots of his objectionable Whatsapp and Instagram chats ...

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Afridi smashes match-winning 81 in Global T20 Canada

TORONTO: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi rolled back the years as he smashed a blistering half-century for Brampton Wolves in their Global T20 Canada fixture against Edmonton Royals. The all-rounder made 81 runs off 40 deliveries with the help of 10 boundaries and five sixes, with his knock helping his ...

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Talk of rift with Rohit Sharma ‘baffling’, says Kohli

MUMBAI: India captain Virat Kohli quashed reports of a rift with senior batsman Rohit Sharma, calling the rumours “baffling” and “ridiculous” before the team’s departure for a tour of the West Indies. Since India’s exit in the semi-finals of the 50-over World Cup this month, reports of a crack in ...

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ICC officially launches World Test Championship

LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday officially launched the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC). Getting underway on Thursday, the Test Championship will see the top nine Test teams in the world – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – compete ...

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Shoaib Akhtar expresses disappointment at Amir’s retirement

KARACHI: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has expressed disappointment at fast bowler Mohammad’s Amir’s announcement to retire from Test cricket. “I’m really thoroughly disappointed. At this age (27) I was at peak of my of career, while he is retiring,” Shoaib said in a video message. He feared that after Amir ...

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Fernando, Mathews star as Sri Lanka wrap up series win

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka made an auspicious start to life after the 2019 World Cup, clinching the ODI series against Bangladesh with one game to spare. They won the second ODI by seven wickets after their bowlers put together a great team effort. Their batsmen saw off tricky periods in their ...

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Babar Azam to play for Somerset in County Championship

MANCHESTER: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam will be available to play for Somerset in their County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on 18 August. The 24-year-old is currently playing for Somerset in the T20 Blast, but has now also agreed to face the Bears. Babar, who scored 474 runs for ...

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Ponting pinpoints mature Stokes as England’s key Ashes threat

SYDNEY: The new maturity of World Cup hero Ben Stokes poses the biggest threat to Australia’s Ashes bid, said Ricky Ponting, who compared him to Andrew Flintoff as the “real heartbeat” of the England team. Stokes played a crucial role in England’s World Cup triumph, re-establishing himself as a key ...

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England beat Ireland by 143 runs at Lord’s

LONDON: Joe Root, England’s captain, has described the Lord’s pitch as “substandard for a Test match” after seeing his side run through Ireland for 38 on the third morning, securing victory by 143 runs. England had been skittled for 85 themselves on the first day and Root suggested conditions were ...

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