Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Sports

Mushfiqur blow for Bangladesh as New Zealand eye rankings rise

CHRISTCHURCH: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is unlikely to play in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Friday, denting the tourists’ hopes of avoiding defeat in the two-Test series. New Zealand will overtake Pakistan and move to fifth in the world Test team rankings should they complete a ...

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Monty Panesar makes surprise return as adviser to Australia spinners

SYDNEY: Monty Panesar is back in international cricket. Curiously, though, the 34-year-old left-arm spinner is returning not as a player but as a coach, and not for England but for Australia, who have recruited him as a consultant ahead of their forthcoming Test tour of India. Panesar has been playing ...

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Inzamam invites FICA officials to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has invited the officials of Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) to visit Pakistan and check the security situation themselves. Inzamam’s statement was in reaction to FICA’s report which was issued earlier suggesting overseas players not to participate in the final of ...

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We are better than what our ranking suggests: Imad

PERTH: Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Imad Wasim says the tourists are better than their ranking suggests as they chase victory against the world’s No.1 side. Pakistan have returned to their most successful Australian venue looking to take a further bite out of an unsettled home side and take the lead in ...

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Joe Root ready to captain England should Cook quit

LONDON: England’s Joe Root has said he is ready to take on the mantle of Test skipper should Alastair Cook decide to relinquish the captaincy. Root, part of the England limited-overs squad currently in India, has been widely tipped to take over the Test reins if Cook decides to stand ...

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Australia’s Marsh out of Pakistan ODIs with shoulder injury

MELBOURNE: Australia’s fast bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day international series against Pakistan with a shoulder injury, the country’s cricket board said. The 25-year-old Marsh was named in Australia’s 16-man squad for the four-test series in India and will hope to recover ...

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Football: Zidane proud of Real Madrid team despite the loss

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged his side to put their disappointment of a first defeat in 40 games behind them as Sevilla produced a remarkable late turnaround to breathe new life into the Spanish title race with a 2-1 win. Zidane s men looked set to extend their commanding ...

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Melbourne win a ‘special, special blessing’ : Hafeez

MELBOURNE: Pakistan’s stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez called his side’s One-day International (ODI) series-levelling win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) a “special, special blessing”, and said his bowlers accepting responsibility set the tone in the first innings. It was Pakistan’s first victory against Australia in 17 matches across formats since ...

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Kane Williamson steers New Zealand to victory over Bangladesh

WELLINGTON: Neil Wagner of New Zealand celebrates after dismissing Mominul Haque of Bangladesh during day five of the First Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve. WELLINGTON: Kane Williamson seized New Zealand’s run chase by the scruff of the neck to lead his side to an improbable ...

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