Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Cricket

Rashid Khan puts a positive spin on Afghan World Cup bid

KABUL: Afghanistan are making steady progress as a young cricketing nation and can boast a true star in Rashid Khan, whom they hope will to take them to the next level. The 20-year-old, who is top of the Twenty20 world rankings, will be a key weapon in the World Cup ...

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Micheal Clarke praises Babar as ‘Kohli’ of Pakistan cricket

LONDON: Former World Cup-winning skipper Micheal Clarke hoarded Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam with praise as he called him the Virat Kohli of Pakistan cricket team. Babar Azam used to be considered an intense rival of Indian skipper Virat Kohli in early years of his career whereas Kohli carved his ...

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Shahid Afridi lashes out at Gautam Gambhir yet again

LONDON: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has once again lashed out at his old nemesis ex-Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir for his remarks regarding the cricketing relationships between the two sides. “Do you think Gautam used his wits while talking about this? Does this look like something which a sensible ...

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Leg-spin crucial to World Cup success: Shadab Khan

CARDIFF-ICC: In the modern age of uber-talented batsmen relentlessly unfurling scoops, sweeps and slogs to pepper boundaries, there is one rare art that still proves a bowling attack’s great equaliser in one-day international cricket. A quality leg-spinner is, and always will be, worth their weight in gold, the craftsman who ...

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Steve Smith hits ton as Australia edge out England

SOUTHHAMPTON: England fell to a 12-run defeat by Australia in a thrilling World Cup warm-up match in Southampton after Steve Smith’s first century since being banned for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. Smith hit 116 off 102 balls in an impressively composed innings to steer his side to 297-9. James ...

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Monty Panesar’s stunning reveal in book

LONDON: Monty Panesar has claimed he had question marks over the England cricket team’s treatment of the ball in the field. Former spinner Panesar played 50 Tests for England between 2006 and 2013, and was used for ball maintenance. In an excerpt of his book The Full Monty, Panesar revealed what the ...

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Dynamic West Indies a dangerous World Cup wildcard

LONDON: The once mighty West Indies struggled to qualify for the Cricket World Cup last year but their fortunes are on the upswing and they will arrive in England a dangerous and unpredictable outfit that nobody will be keen to play. The winners of the first two World Cups back in the ...

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Afghanistan beat Pakistan in WC warm-up match

BRISTOL: Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by three wickets in their World Cup warm-up match at Bristol County Ground on Friday. Pakistan had set a 263-run target after they were bowled out in the 48th over in the match. Afghanistan achieved the required target in 49.4 overs at a loss of seven ...

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Rohit Sharma need calmness, not desperation

LONDON: In an interview, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma says It’s the ultimate dream. Any kid growing up begins to nurture dreams in whatever sphere of life he or she aspires for. As a cricketer, growing up, the idea of playing in a World Cup, to be part of that team, to ...

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Afghan spin the key for new captain at World Cup

KABUL: Afghanistan’s World Cup preparations were thrown off kilter when they controversially decided to replace successful captain Asghar Afghan with the little-known Gulbadin Naib two months before the tournament. Under Asghar, Afghanistan had made serious progress, beating Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at last year’s Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates ...

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