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Oct 152017
World Beach Wrestling Championship: Inam brings home glory with gold medal

Wrestler Muhammad Inam has brought home glory by winning the gold medal in the World Beach Wrestling Championship. Photo: Correspondent KARACHI: Wrestler Muhammad Inam has brought home glory by winning the gold medal in the World Beach Wrestling Championship.Inam downed his Iranian opponent Pejman Fazlollah Tabar Naghrachi 2-1 in the senior category final to clinch the gold medal in the freestyle senior category in -90kg competition in Dalyan, Turkey.The Pakistani wrestler had earlier defeated Pavlidis Theodosios in the semi-final and Petridis Christos in the quarter-final – both his knock-out game opponents were from Greece. Earlier, Pakistan’s Inayatullah had won the gold medal in the freestyle cadet category -70kg competition. Photo: Correspondent In the pre-quarterfinal bout, Inam had downed Quintana Orozco of Mexico.Earlier, Pakistan’s Inayatullah had won the gold medal in the freestyle cadet category -70kg competition.This is the fourth major gold medal for Mohammad Inam. He first came into the limelight when he won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Last year, he won a gold medal at the Asian Beach Games held in Vietnam and in the South Asian Games in Guwahati.The Chairman of Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF), Syed Aqil Shah, congratulated the national heroes for making Pakistan proud. This is the fourth major gold medal for Mohammad Inam. He first came into the limelight when he won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Last year, he won a gold medal at the Asian Beach Games held in Vietnam and in the South Asian Games in Guwahati. [Read More…]

Oct 152017
Sri Lanka will hopefully play in Pakistan, says Sarfraz

[embed_video1 url= style=center] ABU DHABI: Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed shared on Sunday that Sri Lanka cricket team will hopefully visit Pakistan to play the third T20 match, which is expected to be played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on October 29.The captain said this while addressing a press conference in Sheikh Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi after a practice session.“I don’t know what the Sri Lankan players are thinking but I believe they will visit Pakistan,” Sarfraz stated.He further added that the Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera recently played in Pakistan with World XI cricket team.“I think the Sri Lanka team should tour Pakistan,” he remarked. Expressing his views on ODI Squad, Sarfraz Ahmed expressed his satisfaction over the squad and their performance.Replying to a question about ICC World Cup in 2019, the winning captain of ICC Champions Trophy said that there is still plenty of time for world cup. Prior to the captain press conference, Pakistan ODI squad trained in the scorching sun in the afternoon. However, middle-order batsman Haris Sohail skipped the training due to pain in his thigh.  Click for detailed story

Oct 152017
In pictures: Pakistan cricket team celebrates Babar Azam's birthday

[embed_video1 url= style=center] ABU DHABI: Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam celebrated his 23rd birthday with other players on Sunday.Since Azam is in Abu Dhabi, away from home for the second One Day International, he cut his birthday cake in the dressing room of Sheikh Zayed Stadium amid practice sessions.All the players, including the birthday boy, enjoyed the break they took for celebration.Azam has so far represented Pakistan in 32 ODIs, 11 Twenty20 Internationals and the same number of test matches.   Team members wish Babar Azam as he cuts his birthday cake.   Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam pose for a photo.  Shoaib Malik applies cake on Babar Azam’s face.  Babar Azam with Imad Wasim.  Birthday boy with Sarfaraz Ahmed.  Click for detailed story

Oct 142017
Sri Lanka cricket team reluctant to tour Pakistan

[embed_video1 url= style=center] The Sri Lankan cricket team has indicated strong reluctance to visit Pakistan for the third and final T20I scheduled to be held on October 29 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.According to reports, forty contracted players of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have handed a letter to the board indicating that they do not wish to travel to Lahore for the last T20I against Pakistan.The letter, signed by the entire current squad and contracted players back home, has requested the board to consider a venue change.“SLC will have a quick chat to the players very soon. We don’t intend to disturb them in middle of a series, but we are left with no option but to address the issue. The ICC also will meet the players on Saturday to brief them about the situation in Lahore,” Cricbuzz reported, citing an SLC source.Earlier following the conclusion of ICC board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, SLC had told PCB it was ready to send its team to Lahore for the third and final T20 on October 29, as scheduled, according to sources. The Gaddafi Stadium successfully hosted the Independence Cup and PSL final earlier this year, marking the return of international cricket to the country following the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka team.  Click for detailed story

Oct 142017
Sharapova reaches first final since drugs ban

Maria Sharapova in action during Tianjin OpenTIANJIN, CHINA: Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova crushed Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 at the Tianjin Open on Saturday to reach her first final since serving a 15-month doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, playing on a wildcard in the seventh tournament of her comeback, hit top gear as she swept aside the Chinese third seed in one hour, 18 minutes.In front of a large home crowd, a businesslike Sharapova broke four times and conceded zero breaks of her own before wrapping up the semi-final with a clinical crosscourt forehand.In Sunday´s final — her first since she won the Italian Open in May 2015 — she will be the red-hot favourite against 102nd-ranked Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who beat qualifier Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3.Sharapova has had a stop-start and injury-hit season since her controversial return at Stuttgart in April, following her ban for using the banned substance meldonium.The statuesque former world number one reached the Stuttgart semis but she retired in the Italian Open second round and also withdrew from her second-round match at Stanford.Sharapova missed Wimbledon qualifying because of injury and she wasn´t offered a wildcard to the French Open, but she reached the US Open last 16 on her return to Grand Slam tennis.She has cut a swathe through the limited draw in Tianjin, beating Irina-Camelia Begu, Magda Linette, Stefanie Voegele and Peng without dropping a set.Sharapova, one of the world´s highest-earning female athletes, will now expect to win her 36th career title and end a [Read More…]

Oct 142017
Sri Lankan board agrees to send team to Lahore for final T20

[embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is ready to send its team to Lahore for the third and final T20 against Pakistan on October 29, as scheduled, PCB sources revealed following the conclusion of ICC board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday.Sources said that PCB chairman Najam Sethi had a detailed meeting with SLC officials on the sidelines of the ICC board meeting, where they assured him the team will be visiting Pakistan for the final T20, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium, which also successfully hosted the Independence Cup and PSL final earlier this year.Following the reassurance, top PCB officials instructed the board’s logistics department in Lahore to start finalising the arrangements for the match. PCB officials also had a fruitful meeting with their counterparts from the West Indian cricket board, who assured of the team’s visit to Pakistan in November. West Indies will play three T20s in Pakistan, the sources added. Pakistan, South Africa may play series later this year T20 Global League’s postponement opens window for bilateral series between Pakistan and South Africa It was also reported earlier that Pakistan and South Africa may play a series later this year, after the postponement of T20 Global League opened up a window for a bilateral tournament in South Africa. PCB and Cricket South Africa are believed to be in talks regarding the series.  Click for detailed story

Oct 092017
Pakistan struggle to 62-5 in second Test

[embed_video1 url= style=center] DUBAI: Pakistan, chasing a tough 317-run target, were struggling at 62-5 at dinner on the fourth day of the second and final day-night Test in Dubai on Monday.Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on four while skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was seven not out as Sri Lanka need a further five wickets to win the series 2-0.Pakistan lost opener Sami Aslam in a shaky start to their tough 317-run target chase as they were 15-1 at tea on the fourth day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Monday.At the break Azhar Ali (nine) and Shan Masood (three) were at the crease with Pakistan still needing another 302 runs to win the match and level the two-match series.Aslam, dismissed off a no-ball by pacer Lahiru Gamage, failed to take advantage of the chance as two balls later he was out for three to the same bowler.Ali and Masood both survived confident leg-before appeals as Sri Lankan pacers attacked from the start.Earlier, paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed 4-41 and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took 1-3 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings after they resumed at 34-5.Pakistan needed early gains and Riaz provided them with the important wicket of Niroshan Dickwella in the fifth over of the day for 21.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah dismissed Dilruwan Perera for nought to leave Sri Lanka in danger of being dismissed for their lowest ever total of 71 against Pakistan.But Kusal Mendis (29) and Rangana Herath (17) added 35 for the eighth wicket to [Read More…]

Oct 092017
Haris Sohail makes record, achieves best single over figures

KARACHI: Pakistan’s all-rounder Haris Sohail achieved a unique feat on Monday by claiming three wickets in his single-over spell in Dubai Test.Haris came to deliver the 26th over of Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings of the Test as they were struggling at 95 for 7.The 28-year bowler got the wicket of Herath on the first ball of his over. After conceding a single he got another wicket when Mendis was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed off the fourth delivery of the over.Haris then got the wicket of Fernando on the last ball of his over to finish his single-over bowling spell with 3 wickets for 1 run. Haris Sohail’s memorable 3-wickets over also bundled Sri Lanka’s second innings for 96 runs.The bowling figure 1-0-1-3 by Haris Sohail is now the best ever by a bowler who has bowled just one over in the innings. Previously Ramnaresh Sarwan of West Indies got the bowling figures of 1-0-1-2 at Bridgetown Test against India in 2002. Click for detailed story

Oct 092017
Racism turned me away from backing Australia teams: Usman Khawaja

MELBOURNE: Test batsman Usman Khawaja has said being racially vilified when he was growing up in Sydney led him to support other countries rather than back Australian sports teams.The Pakistan-born 30-year-old said in a blog post that racial abuse was widespread on the playing field during his junior days and blamed it for curtailing the sporting ambitions of a number of his overseas-born friends.“Getting sledged by opposition players and their parents was the norm,” Khawaja wrote on the PlayersVoice website.“Some of them said it just quietly enough for only me to hear. It still hurt, but I would never show it. Most of the time it was when I scored runs. Some parents take things too seriously.“It is for this reason why so many of my friends, most of whom were born outside Australia, didn´t support Australia in sporting contests. I didn´t either.“Especially in cricket. It was either West Indies, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka. Anyone else.”The first Muslim to play test cricket for Australia, left-hander Khawaja has scored 1,728 runs in his 24 tests at an average of 45.47, and is likely to be selected at number three for the upcoming Ashes series against England.He said the hard-edged Australia teams of his childhood held little appeal.“In hindsight, the fact we didn´t support Australia is disappointing,” he added.“Everything that was going on in our childhood and around us built up this resentment of the Australian cricket team.“I mean, none of them looked like us. “I was brought up to be respectful, [Read More…]

Oct 072017
Australia captain Smith out of India T20s due to injury

Steve SmithMUMBAI: Australia captain Steve Smith will return home from the tour of India due to a shoulder injury, Cricket Australia announced just hours before the opener of a three-match Twenty20 series against the hosts on Saturday.Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day international against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors.The board said an MRI scan had ruled out any serious injury and the 28-year-old would be fit for the start of the domestic season and lead Australia against arch-rivals England at home in the Ashes series starting on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.“Following the (Nagpur) match, he (Smith) complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw,” team doctor Richard Saw said. “Subsequently he has had an MRI scan which has excluded serious injury but we believe the best course of action is for him to not continue to aggravate his shoulder and allow it to recover.“He will have further investigation upon his return to Australia but we remain confident he will be available for the start of the Sheffield Shield season.“Vice-captain David Warner would lead Australia in the Twenty20 series, while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis would replace Smith in the squad,” Cricket Australia added in a statement. Click for detailed story

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