LAHORE: The Pakistan National U-15 Team have left for Nepal to participate in the SAFF U-15 Championship. The event is going to be held from October 25 to November 3 at Kathmandu, Nepal.The team: Muhammed Awais, Afnan Shahid, Muhammed Hamza Naseem, Haseeb Ahmed Khan (Captain), Mohibullah, Najeebullah, Junaid Aahmed Shah, Jawad Bashir, Khushal Khan, Asif Ali, Muhammed Kashif, Shahzaib Jawed, Wasif, Adnan Justin, Syed Ali Shah, Osama, Saad Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Hassan Shereen, Iftikhar Ahmed, Moin Ahmed, Muhammed Amir Khan.Jose Roberto Portella(Head Coach) Asghar Khan Anjum (Asst.Coach/Asst Manager) Sheikh Zahid Niaz (Assistant Coach), Ghulam Shabir (Assistan Coach) Choudary Noman Ibrahim (Goalkeeper Coach), Muhammed Adnan (Physio).
LONDON: Tennis’s marathon man John Isner has welcomed Wimbledon’s decision to introduce tiebreaks at 12-12 in the final set.The American became something of a Wimbledon cult hero when beating France’s Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010 – a record-breaking duel lasting 11 hours five minutes and spanning three days and in which the last set alone (eight hours 11 minutes) would have broken the previous longest-match record.After his 2010 exploits Isner, 33, was involved in the second-longest Wimbledon match in this year’s semi-finals when he went down 26-24 in the fifth set to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson – a battle lasting six hours and 36 minutes.That led to further calls to bring in sudden-death tiebreaks and Wimbledon’s organisers announced this week that next year’s Championships would use them after 24 games in deciding sets. “I have said all along 12-all is good,” he told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.“That is sensible – you’re getting people who like the advantage and people who like tie-breaks. It is bucking tradition but a lot of people believe that is not a bad thing.” The world number 10 even joked that the new ruling should be named after him.“The next match that gets to that, they should just say we will now play the Isner Rule,” he said. “I don’t think they are going to do that, but I think I’ve been a big driving force for it.”
This comes on the heels of the 28-year old becoming the joint second-fastest Pakistani to 50 Test wickets
NEW DELHI: Former India and Uttar Pradesh seamer Praveen Kumar has retired from all forms of cricket.Known for his ability to swing the ball both ways and bowl long spells, the 32-year-old played 84 internationals for India between 2007 and 2012, taking 112 wickets across formats.“I have no regrets. Dil sey khela, dil sey bowling daala (I played and bowled with my heart). There are good bowlers waiting in the wings back in UP and I don’t want their careers to be affected,” Praveen told an Indian newspaper. “My time is over and I have accepted it. I’m happy and thankful to God for giving me this chance.”
LAHORE: Eyebex beat Meezan Bank by 1-Run in the Lahore Corporate T20 Cricket Cup match at Race Course Park Cricket Ground.Scores: Eyebex 167/5 after 20 overs (Ahmad Ali 49, Umair Rafaqat 48, Sheroz Tariq 28 and Hamza Farooq 18 Runs).Meezan Bank 166 all out after 20 overs (Yousaf Iftikhar 43, Yaseen Cheema 33, Nasir Mehmood 30, Muhammad Ashraf 21 and Zeeshan Ahmad 18. Zohaib Ashraf 3/15, Waqar Bukhari 3/33, Umair Rafaqat 2/14).Javaid Ashraf and Farhan Ashraf were umpires and Muhammad Akyan Khan was the scorer. Later, Chief Guest Zeeshan Ahmad gave man of the match award to Umair Rafaqat whuile Coordinator Muhammad Ajmal was also present on the occasion.
ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi hit back after conceding a 34-run first innings lead against Multan in their Quaid-i-Azam Trophy match at the Pindi Stadium on Saturday.Resuming at the overnight score of 56-1, Rawalpindi were bowled out for 178 in their first innings. That was in response to Multan’s 212 on the opening day.Rawalpindi then reduced Multan to 110-5 when stumps were drawn for the second day. The visitors are now 144 runs ahead.Scores in brief: At Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi: Multan 212 all out in 57.1 overs (Zeeshan Ashraf 101, Yousaf Babar 41; Syed Touseeq Shah 5-75, Saad Altaf 4-70) and 110-5 in 40 overs (Imran Rafiq 43; Haseeb Azam 2-41). Rawalpindi 178 all out in 50.5 overs (Zeeshan Malik 39, Tayyab Riaz 29; Sajjad Hussain 5-58, Mohammad Ali 4-79).
LAHORE: Golden Eagles beat Turk Plast by 4 runs at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground and qualified for the quarter final of the 5th Shami Memorial Veterans Cricket Cup. Amar Cables, Aftab Qarshi, Shah Jamal Green, Income Tax Seniors, Turk Plast, Punjab Cottage and Lahore Green also qualified the quarter-final.Scores: Golden Eagle 206/9 after 30 overs (Farhan Khan 79, M Hafeez 37, Saleem Elahi 17, Kashif Raja 15, Salman Khan 13. Rana Naveed ul Hassan 3/25, Nadeem Baig 2/34. Turk Plast 202 all out after 29.5 overs (Kamran Hussain 54, Adnan Khan 40, Rizwan Ahmad 33. Tajamul Ch. 3/51, Farhan Khan 2/18, Rashid Latif Junior 2/30). Javaid Ashraf and Qaiser Waheed were umpires and Farrukh Ilyas Raja was the score.In the end chief guest international cricketer Rana Naveed ul Hassan gave away man of the match award to Farhan Khan.
DHAKA: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza warned his players against complacency ahead of the start of a One-Day International series against outsiders Zimbabwe on Sunday (today).Zimbabwe go into Sunday’s game in Dhaka as whipping boys of international cricket after losing every match during a recent tour of South Africa.The visitors have not won a One-Day International in Bangladesh since 2010.“If we win everyone will say this is what should have happened. But if we lose they will take it differently,” said Mortaza, whose team are seventh in the world rankings against Zimbabwe’s 11th. “It can create pressure at the back of the mind. It’s not as though we have never lost to Zimbabwe.”Mortaza said the three match series — with two more 50 over games in Chittagong on Wednesday and Friday — would be doubly important as Bangladesh have only four more series to prepare for next year’s World Cup in England.“They have almost all their senior players back and outside Zimbabwe they have the best record in Bangladesh. So we have to give 100%,” he said.An eight-wicket loss in Friday’s warm-up against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI did not help the visitors’ morale, but Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza insisted his side was not despondent. “We didn’t have a great time in South Africa or in the match yesterday. But the main thing is to focus on tomorrow and to focus on the tour and what we have come to achieve,” he said.
LONDON: Manchester City brushed aside Burnley 5-0 to pull clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after Chelsea snatched a point in a dramatic late finish against Manchester United.City’s win gives them a two-point cushion over Chelsea and Tottenham — 1-0 winners at West Ham — but Liverpool will join them on 23 points if they beat Huddersfield in the late kick-off.Pep Guardiola’s side, who missed a late penalty to beat Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month, made it seven wins from nine league games as Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart endured a miserable return to his former club at the Etihad.Sergio Aguero opened the scoring in the 17th minute before second-half goals rained in from Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane.With the defending champions slipping ominously into gear, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne came on for just his second appearance of the season following a knee injury he suffered in August.Earlier, Ross Barkley scored in the sixth minute of injury time at Stamford Bridge to level the match at 2-2 after Anthony Martial had scored twice in the second half to cancel out Antonio Rudiger’s opener.It was a bitter blow for the under-pressure Mourinho, returning to his former club after a poor start to the season and he lost his cool in emotional scenes in the final seconds.Mourinho took exception to the celebrations of one of Chelsea’s backroom staff, Marco Ianni, who ran in front of the Portuguese on the touchline, as he seemed set for [Read More…]
KANDY, Sri Lanka: Thunder, lightning and torrential rain halted England on their Sri Lanka tour Saturday, but they wrapped up the One-Day International series against their hosts with a faster run rate.After Dasun Shanaka hit a boundary-smattered 66 to help Sri Lanka make 273-7 from their 50 overs, Jason Roy made 45 and England pair Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan were just shifting up a gear in the chase when dark clouds gathered over Kandy.With England on 132-2 from 27 overs, Root (32) and Morgan (31) seemed well placed to put their side on the route to victory. They already led the series 2-0 going into the fourth of the five games.As with the other wins, the decision came with the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run-rate system, and England were awarded victory by 18 runs. Every game in the series has now been halted or interrupted by rain.While frustrated, Morgan will be satisfied with the show from his team in difficult circumstances.Roy closed in on a half century which included a six and five fours when an Akila Dananjaya leg spin hit his pad as he came down the wicket. The umpire did not give him out — but Sri Lanka demanded a review, which proved their shouting was justified.Morgan himself was shunting ahead with a six and three fours in 34 balls when the deluge started.Earlier, Shanaka led another starring role for Sri Lanka’s middle order after England won the toss and made the home side bat at the Pallekele stadium.Opener [Read More…]