Jun 212017
 
Greats lament 'sad day' as Kohli topples Kumble

NEW DELHI: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar lamented a “sad day” after Anil Kumble stepped down as India coach over a rift with captain Virat Kohli, leaving the hotseat vacant once again.Kumble said Tuesday his position was “untenable” after Kohli questioned his leadership style and told the Indian board he had reservations about the spin legend extending his one-year stay.Since Duncan Fletcher left in March 2015, India, currently the world´s top Test team, have struggled for stability with Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar both taking on temporary roles before Kumble´s reign.“I have very little knowledge about the differences between Virat and Anil. But it is a really sad day for Indian cricket,” Gavaskar told NDTV.“India have won everything since the time Anil took over,” he added. “I can´t see Anil doing much wrong in one year. Differences (can) happen in any team but see the results.”India suffered a humiliating defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, but Kumble also helped them reclaim the number-one Test ranking and maintained an unblemished record in five Test series.Former India captain and coach Bishan Singh Bedi also signalled his disappointment, tweeting: “If there´s more intelligent/committed Crkt analyser than @anilkumble 1074 on Indn horizon (we are) ignorant really!”Kumble, 46, had already appeared headed for the exit after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for a new coach last month, although he was an automatic candidate.Former India opener Virender Sehwag and Australia´s Tom Moody are reported to be among the [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 
Cricket Captain Sarfraz makes differently-abled fan's day

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/312c3261eca9adaff73864795cd9ef93.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDc6NDA6MjMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT16S3dZa21iTkhHcXhVb3FXcTJiZWxnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Pakistan Cricket Team captain Sarfraz Ahmed once again won hearts when he gifted his shirt to a differently-abled fan on a visit to Hyderabad on Wednesday.The elated fan, Fawad, expressed his happiness at receiving the memento from his favourite cricketer.Hundreds of fans gave Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed a hero´s welcome as he arrived home carrying the Champions Trophy early on Tuesday.Men, women and children packed Karachi airport as Sarfraz returned from England.Sarfraz held up the trophy to loud cheers and chants of “Long live Sarfraz!” as a police band played patriotic songs nearby.“(We won) thanks to Allah and the prayers of the whole nation,” Sarfraz said in brief comments as he jostled his way through the crowd of well-wishers.The celebrations did not end once he reached his residential block in central Karachi, adorned with colourful lights and Pakistan flags, where fans climbed on rooftops and balconies to watch him return.Sarfraz came out on the balcony with the trophy and showed it off to fans, waving and making the victory sign with two fingers as the crowds outside threw rose petals. He also took selfies of the memorable reception. Click for detailed story

Jun 212017
 
Hockey World League 2017: Pakistan to face off against Argentina on Thursday

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/28c177e5e6e9244677d771be0b89af12.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDc6NTQ6MjUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1LekFDTzdtSGxsYnNFdjJadDRRZHRnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team, which has been favoured by luck, will face off against Argentina in the quarterfinals of Hockey World League League semi-final tournament tomorrow (Thursday).Pakistan hockey team, which conceded three consecutive defeats against Netherlands, India and Canada, qualified for the quarterfinals after Canada and Scotland drew 1-1 on Tuesday. Scotland had to win the match in order to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament. On Monday, Pakistan tasted its first victory of the tournament after defeating Scotland 3-1 in their last pool match. World league: Pakistan hockey team leaves for UK The hockey team will play a three-match series with Ireland before the World League On the other hand, Argentina has had a dream run and has been undefeated in the competition so far. It defeated Korea 2-1, Malaysia 5-2, China 10-0 and it drew with England 3-3. In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia, Netherlands against China and England against Canada. The World League Semifinal Round is also a 2018 World Cup qualifier.However, if Pakistan fails to qualify for the world cup it will have to win the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy, which will be held in India later this year. Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
 
Amir all set to debut for English county Essex this summer

Mohammad Amir. Photo Courtesy: Essex Cricket Champions Trophy hero Mohammad Amir, who destroyed the Indian top three in his fairytale spell in the tournament finale, is all set to make his county debut for Essex this summer. The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the fast bowler for featuring in English county cricket later this season. Amir will represent Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast, England and Wales’ Twenty20 cricket league. Pacer Junaid Khan has also been issued an NOC to play for Leicestershire county this year. Junaid Khan bagged 8 wickets in the recently-concluded Champions Trophy – the third highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Amir claimed 5 wickets, three of which were the crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in Sunday’s finale.  Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
 
Pakistan played ?perfect game? in Champions Trophy win: Gilchrist

NEW DELHI: Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan´s adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all international matches abroad.Only Zimbabwe have visited Pakistan since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore which prompted all other major teams to call off tours.Pakistan entered the eight-team Champions Trophy in England and Wales ranked dead last, but upset arch-rivals India with a 180-run thrashing in Sunday´s final.“Deep in your heart, as a cricket lover, you can´t be disappointed to see a nation like that (win). We all know their struggles of not getting any international cricket back home,” Gilchrist told reporters in New Delhi.“They are basically a nomadic team which plays abroad. Perhaps because of that, they were able to adjust well in those conditions.” It was Pakistan´s first international 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies´ victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home.“The only predictable thing about Pakistan cricket is that they are unpredictable,” said the former wicketkeeper-batsman, adding the win was a “positive story” for cricket.“Pakistan played what seems to be a perfect game of cricket. India, after a very impressive tournament, just got [Read More…]

Jun 192017
 

DOHA: Qatar on Monday demanded neighbouring states lift their “blockade” of the emirate as a pre-condition for crisis talks, even as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) warned its isolation could last years. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani called measures imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and others “an act of aggression”. “We have to make it very clear for everyone, negotiations must be done in a civilised way and should have a solid basis and not under pressure or under blockade,” he told reporters in Doha. “Qatar under blockade – there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade,” said Sheikh Mohammed. Qatar hits out at Arab states for ‘using terrorism as publicity stunt’ “Until now we didn’t see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the pre-condition for anything to move forward,” he added. On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, pulling their ambassadors from the gas-rich emirate and giving its citizens a two-week deadline to leave their territory. The measures also included closing Qatar’s only land border, banning its planes from using their airspace and barring Qatari nationals from transiting through their airports. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and others accuse Qatar of supporting and funding “terrorism” and of working with regional rival Iran, charges Doha firmly denies. Turkish troops in Qatar for joint exercises Asked if the ultimate aim of the Gulf countries was to enforce regime change, the foreign minister replied: [Read More…]

Jun 192017
 

Two sailors of Pakistan Navy were martyred and three others sustained gunshot wounds when troublemakers riding motorcycles opened fire on them in a marketplace of the coastal township of Jiwani, Gwadar district, hours before Iftar on Monday. The navy personnel were boarding their vehicle after buying food items for Iftar in the market when gunmen pulled up near their vehicle and started firing indiscriminately, according to a spokesperson for Pakistan Navy. Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Naeem Bazai also confirmed the deadly shooting which, according to sources, was carried out by four gunmen riding two motorcycles. The attackers managed to flee unidentified and unchallenged. Two sailors were fatally shot, while four others sustained critical gunshot wounds. One of them died on the spot, while the other succumbed to his injuries while being driven to hospital. The injured were first ferried to Turbat where medics referred them to Karachi for specialised treatment of their critical wounds. Security forces fend off two cross-border attacks Security was stepped up in the aftermath of the deadly ambush and a manhunt was mounted. However, no arrests had been made till the filing of this report. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting. But Baloch insurgents waging a low-key insurgency in the resource-rich province for over a decade routinely target security forces and government installations. The Pakistan Navy spokesperson said such cowardly acts of troublemakers could not dent the morale of the force. “These troublemakers will be taken to task.” Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri also [Read More…]

Jun 192017
 

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari inaugurated the Manzil Pump flyover on National Highway in Karachi on Monday evening. Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said the flyover had been constructed at a cost of around Rs515 million in a “record time” of three months. “This flyover will help in preventing traffic jams, particularly the flow of the heavy vehicles from the city’s industrial areas to the airport and then onto National Highway will be smooth and signal-free,” he added. Lowest provincial allocation for country’s financial hub Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro told Bilawal that construction of the flyover had started on March 8, 2017. The length of the bridge is 560 metres, including its 310-metre ramp.  The width of the three-lane carriageway is 10.9 metres. The chief minister said the construction of the Drigh Road underpass and Submarine Chowrangi underpass was under way at a rapid pace. The Drigh Road underpass will be inaugurated by the end of this month,” he added. The chief minister also said Shahrah-e-Faisal had not only been reconstructed but also widened by altering the Baloch Colony flyover. “This has improved traffic flow on Shahrah-e-Faisal.” The post Bilawal inaugurates Manzil Pump flyover in Karachi appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 192017
 

A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors. Andrew Weissmann, who headed the US Justice Department’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team last month, is best known for two assignments – the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organised crime cases in Brooklyn, New York – that depended heavily on gaining witness cooperation. Securing the cooperation of people close to Trump, many of whom have been retaining their own lawyers, could be important for Mueller, who was named by the Justice Department as special counsel on May 17 and is investigating, among other issues, whether Trump himself has sought to obstruct justice. Trump has denied allegations of both collusion and obstruction. “Flipping” witnesses is a common, although not always successful, tactic in criminal prosecutions. Robert Ray, who succeeded Kenneth Starr as the independent counsel examining former President Bill Clinton, noted that Trump’s fired former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has already offered through his lawyer to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity, suggesting potential willingness to cooperate as a witness. Donald Trump’s personal lawyer hires his own lawyer amid Russia investigation “It would seem to me the time is now to make some decisions about what you have and what leverage can be applied to get the things you [Read More…]

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