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Aug 202017
Brathwaite reported for suspect bowling action

The Windies’ off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the hosts won at Edgbaston on Saturday.The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Windies’ team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 24-year-old’s bowling action.Brathwaite’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Brathwaite is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Click for detailed story

Aug 202017
Muhammad Ashfaq clinches title of 22nd CNS Open Golf Championship

[embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The closing and prize distribution ceremony of 22nd Chief of The Naval Staff Open Golf Championship 2017 was held at the picturesque Karachi Golf Club today. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the chief guest on the occasion.The four days long championship was held from 17-20 August and the event was open to various categories. The categories in the championship included 36 holes each for caddies, semi professionals, senior professionals and junior professionals. 18 holes matches were played for seniors and ladies, 9 holes for veterans and 72 holes each for Professionals and Amateurs. With prize money of Rs 7.0 million, the event continues to be the highest prize money golf event of Pakistan. The prize purse included Rs 0.5 million for the match of KGC caddies and semi professionals preceding the main event. The richest-ever golf event of the country attracted more than 600 golfers from across the nation and featured the cream of national golf, in all categories.Commending the untiring efforts of Pakistan Navy, KGC staff and the organizers for seamless conduct of the championship, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said that the successful conduct of the 22nd CNS Golf Championship is the manifestation of highest level of patronage enjoyed by this game. The Naval Chief also said that golf undoubtedly is a fast emerging game for all ages in Pakistan and Pakistan Navy takes pride in organizing a golf championship of this stature every year.The chief guest appreciated the participants of 22nd CNS Golf Championship [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Pakistan's Mansoor Zaman to face Jordan in Asian Junior Squash final

KARACHI: Pakistani professional squash player Mansoor Zaman has qualified for the final of Asian Junior Squash championship, which is currently being held in Amman, Jordan.Mansoor defeated Alireza Shameli of Iran in the semi-final of the U19 category. He only took 34 minutes to take down his opponent to win the match 12-10, 11-6, and 11-8.Pakistan will now play Jordan – represented by Mohammad Al-Sarraj – in the championship final. Top-seeded Sarraj defeated Pakistan’s Abdul Malik in the tournament’s second semi-final.However, Pakistan’s Huzaifa Ibrahim and Asadullah were defeated in the semifinals of U13 and U15 categories, respectively.Ibrahim went down fighting against top seed Joachim Chuah Han Wen of Malaysia in the semi-final of the U13 category.Asadullah, on the other hand, lost to Muhammad Amir Amirul Bin Azhar – a top seed from Malaysia – in the U15 semi-final. Click for detailed story

Aug 182017
Amir allowed to travel to Pakistan for fitness tests by Essex

KARACHI: English county Essex has confirmed that its oversea signing from Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, has been allowed to travel back to Pakistan to attend fitness tests being conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).The county, in a statement released on Friday evening, said that Amir has been released on the request of PCB and he will return to the county after the tests. “Essex Cricket overseas star Mohammad Amir will return to Pakistan tomorrow for a series of fitness and medical tests at the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” said the county spokesman.“Amir is scheduled to return to England on August 26, in time for the crucial Specsavers County Championship game against Somerset at The Cloudfm County Ground,” the statement adds.Amir has been impressive with his superb performance with Essex this season with 12 wickets in two county championship matches and 13 wickets in 12 Natwest T20 tournament matches.The Pakistan international will still be involved in Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast clash against Sussex Sharks as the Eagles hunt for a quarter-final place. Click for detailed story

Aug 182017
Chinese fans tell 'Homesick Boy' Tevez to stay away

SHANGHAI: Chinese football fans and media are urging underperforming Carlos Tevez not to return from a trip to Argentina, nicknaming him “Very Homesick Boy” as speculation swirls that he wants out of China.The 33-year-old Argentine former international has been a flop since moving this year to Shanghai Shenhua on a fat salary, scoring only twice, missing half the games through injury and having his commitment repeatedly questioned by fans.Tevez, who has previously suggested he would look to leave after the season, flew to Buenos Aires this week for treatment on a muscle injury.The trip has fuelled suspicions that he may not return, though the Chinese Super League (CSL) club told AFP this week Tevez was expected back by the end of the month.Shanghai Shenhua made Tevez one of the best-paid players in the world when they signed him in January from Boca Juniors on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000).But the former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star has failed to settle and has been christened by supporters and media in China as “Very Homesick Boy” — a play on how his name is pronounced in Chinese.The label is also an apparent reference to Tevez’s falling-out with then-City boss Roberto Mancini, when Tevez refused to warm up as a substitute in the last moments of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011.Tevez flew back to Argentina and considered retiring, before eventually returning to England in February 2012.Many football fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir to feature in World XI squad: PCB sources

South Africa’s star batsman Hashim Amla and spin king Imran TahirLAHORE: With just a few weeks to go until the ICC World XI team comes to Pakistan for a three-match T20 series, the Pakistan Cricket Board has made positive progress in talks with foreign cricketers for the tour. According to PCB sources, South Africa’s star batsman Hashim Amla and spin king Imran Tahir will be included in the World XI squad, which is expected to tour Pakistan between September 10-15. Former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower is playing a key role in putting together the World XI team and has made progress in talks with Amla and Pakistan-born Tahir, the sources said. Punjab govt asks PCB to reschedule World XI tour Rescheduling advised due to by-election of NA-120 on September 17 A list of 13 players featuring in the World XI squad will be announced in the next few days, the sources added.The World XI tour was originally scheduled for late September, but the Punjab government reportedly advised the PCB to push back the tour dates before the NA-120 by-election on September 17. A security report on the proposed tour will be delivered soon by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), which will go a long way in persuading players whether it is safe to tour. Click for detailed story

Aug 182017
Cook hails ?phenomenal? Root after day/night double century stand

Alastair Cook ended the first day 153 not out/Getty ImagesBIRMINGHAM: Alastair Cook suggested Joe Root was the best England batsman he had played alongside after they both marked the country´s entry into day/night Test cricket with hundreds against the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday.Cook, already England´s leading Test run-scorer and century-maker, ended the first day 153 not out in a commanding total of 348 for three.The ex-England captain shared a stand of 248 with current skipper Root (136) on the first day of the inaugural day/night Test on English soil.Cook, who had already made 193 for Essex in the round of floodlit County Championship matches in June, batted for more than six hours Thursday and rarely looked in any trouble as he compiled his 31st Test century.He also had the best view of anyone as the gifted Root made his 13th hundred at this level and set a new England record of fifties in 11 successive Tests.“He kind of makes it look quite easy. Frustratingly easy,” Cook told reporters.“It´s incredible he manages to score like he does. If he´s not the best England player I´ve played with he´s right up there.“His game is phenomenal…He´s just phenomenally consistent against world-class bowlers around the world,” the left-handed opener added.´Mental thing´The match started several hours later than would usually be the case for a Test in England and Cook told reporters: “It was slightly unusual because you´re programmed to play in white kit starting at 11:00am (1000 GMT) with a red ball, it´s [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

Messi and Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday´s terror attack in BarcelonaMADRID: Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday´s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.Barcelona´s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.“I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, in addition to totally rejecting any act of violence,” Barcelona star Messi, 30, wrote on Instagram.“We are not going to give up, there are many more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence,” added the Argentine who arrived in the Catalan capital as a teenager 14 years ago. Quiero mandar mis condolencias y todo mi apoyo a las familias y amigos de las víctimas del terrible atentado en nuestra amada Barcelona, además de rechazar totalmente cualquier acto de violencia. No nos vamos a rendir, somos muchos más los que queremos vivir en un mundo en paz, sin odio y donde el respeto y la tolerancia sean las bases de la convivencia. A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Aug 17, 2017 at 11:34am PDT Real Madrid´s Portuguese captain Ronaldo took to social media to express his shock [Read More…]

Aug 182017
Tennis: Halep advances but Nadal, Pliskova postponed by rain

Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. PHOTO: AFPCINCINNATI: Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova, the number one seeds at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters, never got a chance to break a sweat before play was halted Thursday at the rain-hit tournament.Czech defending champion Pliskova led Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 3-0 when play was suspended while former and future world no. 1 Nadal and compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas never started their third-round match before the final drenching began.Court conditions more suitable for Olympic swim star Michael Phelps than tennis stars had US 14th seed John Isner, who beat teen Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, happy he snuck in a win between storms.“Very happy to be off the court,” he said. “We could have easily, if I didn´t break at 5-all, we could be 2-all in a tie-breaker right now, not finishing. That would suck.”Second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania charged closer to taking the world number one ranking from Pliskova by beating Latvian 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.“I’m not playing my best tennis in this moment but I´m still winning,” Halep said. “I win against the 15th player in the world playing not like I want and I’m really happy about it.”But five matches were pushed to Friday, when double duty could come for Nadal, the 15-time Grand Slam champion assured of returning to world number one next week.Nadal was assured of advancing past injured Andy Murray for the top spot when Roger Federer [Read More…]

Aug 172017
PCB issues show-cause notice to Umar Akmal

[embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Umar Akmal following the middle-order batsman’s media outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur.“The PCB has issued a show-cause notice to Umar Akmal on breaching code of conduct. The middle-order batsman has seven days to file a reply,” the PCB tweeted, a day after Akmal claimed in a fiery media talk that Arthur had verbally abused him in front of Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. The batsman alleged that Arthur was also abusive towards other players.He went on to claim that senior players did not stop the coach when he was being verbally abused and added that the coach had told him to play club-level cricket instead of coming to the academy. Akmal said he was dropped from the team after an unjustified warning, and that he wanted to inform the PCB regarding the behaviour of the coaching staff.Coach Arthur, however, rubbished Akmal’s claims and said the batsman was not telling the truth. Mickey Arthur verbally abused me, claims Umar Akmal Arthur refutes Akmal’s claims and says Akmal is not telling the truth Arthur also said that he had asked Akmal to improve upon his skills and attitude. This is not the first time Umar Akmal has been at the centre of controversy off the field.In 2014, he was detained at a local police station in Lahore following a spat with a traffic warden over breaking a traffic signal.The middle-order batsman also made headlines after a row [Read More…]

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