Jan 092018
Sri Lanka bring back Mathews as limited-overs captain

COLOMBO: All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper six months after relinquishing the captaincy across all three formats.The 30-year-old stepped down as captain last year after Sri Lanka’s shock home defeat to Zimbabwe, which he described as “one of the lowest points” of his career.Dinesh Chandimal was named the new Test captain, while Upul Tharanga was put in charge of the limited overs side.Tharanga was then striped of the captaincy after a string of defeats and replaced by Thisara Perera, who oversaw the team’s 2-1 loss in India last month, on a temporary basis.“When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again,” Mathews, who is expected to lead the side into the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, told reporters on Tuesday.“I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I decided to accept it.”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Mathews was given the job “on a long term basis” after he agreed to board president Thilanga Sumathipala’s request to shoulder the responsibility.“We need stability running into the World Cup,” said Mathews, who will begin the new phase of his captaincy in a tri-series in Bangladesh that also involves Zimbabwe later this month.“We’ve had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries. The other captains did a good job, though we didn’t get the results. But going into the World Cup we need that stability.” Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
ATP pledges shake-up as 4 quit Auckland

AUCKLAND: Men’s tennis boss Chris Kermode Tuesday pledged a shake-up in ATP rules as four players pulled out of the Auckland Classic before their opening matches, citing injury or illness.Four lucky losers from the qualifying tournament found themselves on centre court as Ryan Harrison, Andrey Rublev, Guido Pella and Kyle Edmund all withdrew. By turning up in Auckland, the players became eligible for first-round prize money and avoided an ATP fine.Kermode, executive chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), warned that rules around withdrawals were under review. But he also said he believed the players’ reasons for pulling out.“The bigger concern would be players pulling out before they got here, that would be an issue,” Kermode told Fairfax Media in Auckland.“They make the effort to come to the event and that’s demonstrated the desire to play here.“Tennis is such a physical sport that these things are going to happen. We are currently doing a whole review process of our business and plans for 2019. “Ranking points, player withdrawals and how we deal with that is something we’ve got to and are looking at.” Harrison, who lost the Brisbane International final to Nick Kyrgios on Sunday, said he was too tired to play after arriving in Auckland early on Tuesday. Eighth seed Rublev, who lost the Qatar Open final to Gael Monfils last week, cited injury, as did Pella, a semi-finalist in Doha, and Edmund, who played in Brisbane.All four players are on the entry list for next week’s Australian [Read More…]

Jan 092018
Ludhiana Gym beat Albilal Club

LAHORE: Ludhiana Gymkhana won the league match of 21st Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship after beating Albilal Club by 28 runs at Township Albilal Gound on Tuesday.Fine batting by Zeeshan Ahmed Khan (Ludhiana Gym) and Arshman Butt (Albilal Club) were the main feature of the match. In this match Ludhiana Gym has secured 17 points while Albilal Club has secured only 5 points.Scores: Ludhiana Gym 268/5 in 40 overs (Zeeshan Ahmed Khan 98 including 5×6, 9×4, Fahad Munir 57, Fahim Ali Nor 52, Adnan Raza 34, Rao Khyam Abbas 2/37). Albilal Club 240/9 in 40 overs (Arshman Butt 83 including 8×4, Talha Ijaz 28, Ali Sikander 40, Ulfat Rasool 49, Jamshaid 2/60, Saeedullah 2/22, Waseem 2/35). Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
Baig to lead Pakistan in Vietnam Faldo Series

LAHORE: Ahmed Baig – a young, promising amateur golfer of the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) – clinched the Faldo Series Pakistan Championship title in the under-21 category in Karachi, and has been nominated the Captain of Pakistan Team which will represent the country in Faldo Series Championship to be played in Vietnam in March this year. The office-bearers of Wapda Sports Board congratulated Ahmed Baig on winning the title with splendid display of his skills. Faldo Series title is yet another feather to his cap, as Ahmed brought many laurels to him, Wapda and the country during 2017 as well.Prior to his recent victory, Ahmed Baig, won First International Amateur Golf Championship Iran in May 2017, Sri Lankan Junior Championship in August, the CNS Golf Championship Karachi in August, Corps Commander Cup Golf Championship Gujranwala in October, Prime Minister Golf Championship Rawalpindi in November and Punjab Amateur Golf Championship Lahore in November 2017. Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
Nazir Sr Nricket

LAHORE: Sajid Memorial Cricket Club beat Zafar Memorial Cricket Club by 87 runs in the 4th Nazir Sr Memorial Cricket Tournament at Carson Ground.Scores: Sajid Memorial Club 201. (Khasata Khan 46, Farman Butt 31, Faiz 31, Shahid 3/46). Zafar Memorial Club 114. (Umar 21, Shahid 20, Abdul Manan 4/17). Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
Batsmen struggle as Pakistan lose again

NELSON, New Zealand: Martin Guptill was at his belligerent best as New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in Nelson on Tuesday, although captain Kane Williamson admitted a rain delay had done the hosts a favour.The second One-Day International was evenly poised when rain forced the players from the field for more than two hours with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 246 for nine.When play resumed under the Duckworth-Lewis system New Zealand’s target was revised to 151 in 25 overs meaning they had 11 overs left to make 87.“Pakistan showed some real resistance at the end and put some partnerships together which would have been a tricky total on that surface,” Williamson said, adding the rain break “worked in our favour a little bit”.But the New Zealand skipper also hailed the “brilliant” partnership involving Guptill and Ross Taylor to get New Zealand home with seven balls to spare.Guptill, 31 off 40 at the break, was 86 not out off 71 deliveries at the end. Taylor advanced from 14 in as many balls to 45 off 43.“For Martin and Ross to come out after that rain break… and play so beautifully and to see Martin play with freedom at his best was great to watch,” Williamson said.“And (with) Ross a calming influence at the other end… it was a brilliant partnership to get us across the line.”It left Pakistan winless after two rain-affected matches in New Zealand with both decided under the Duckworth-Lewis method.“We [Read More…]

Jan 092018
Top Japan canoeist banned for ?evil? drink spiking

TOKYO: Japan’s anti-doping body has banned a top canoeist for eight years after he spiked a rival’s drink with a banned substance to boost his own chances of selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The Japan Anti-Doping Agency slapped sprint canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki, 32, with the eight-year ban, the Japan Canoe Federation announced Tuesday, slamming his offence as “extremely evil”.According to the federation, Suzuki confessed to putting a banned muscle-boosting substance into the drink bottle of rival Seiji Komatsu, 25, during a domestic competition in September.“Suzuki’s conduct is totally contrary to the spirit of sporting fair play,” the Japan Canoe Federation said in a statement.The canoe body said it will consider expelling Suzuki permanently as he has a history of sabotaging competitors, including by stealing their equipment.Suzuki admitted spiking the drink after receiving an intensive anti-doping lecture during a training camp, according to the federation.“I was fretting. I did it as I thought he would overwhelm me. I didn’t expect he’d actually test positive,” public broadcaster NHK quoted Suzuki as telling the federation. Click for detailed story

Jan 092018
New Zealand beat Pakistan in rain-affected second ODI

Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45Three half-centuries including a late charge by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan went in vain as New Zealand hunted down D/L revised target of 151 with seven balls to spare in the second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday.Fifties by Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan carried Pakistan to 246 for nine batting first against New Zealand.  [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/6d27cbadd28fe143180d9a1796146194.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS85LzIwMTggNzoxNTozMyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPU9jOU5TYWVxc0IrcXhuVkg0OHFiT2c9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] However, rain interrupted the match, reducing the second inning to 25 overs and revising down the target to 151.Martin Guptill stayed not out at 86 and Ross Taylor at 45.Mohammad Amir had Colin Munro caught in the deep for duck. Faheem Ashraf extinguished skipper Kane Williamson’s inning at 19 before rain stopped the match. Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid 60, the 33rd ODI half-century for the veteran right-hander as he held the first half of the innings together. Hasan then blasted his first 50 and Khan his second when they mounted a rescue mission with Pakistan 141 for seven in the 37th over.The pair featured in a 70-run stand off 49 deliveries for the eighth wicket.It was Sarfraz Ahmed´s call to bat when he won the toss, saying it looked like a wicket that would favour the side having first use of it. But just as in the first ODI in Wellington on Saturday, the Pakistan top order were not allowed to settle.Imam-ul-Haq, in for the injured Fakhar Zaman, was out for two in the fourth over and Azhar Ali [Read More…]

Jan 082018
Australia?s Lynn out of England ODI series

SYDNEY: Big-hitting Australian batsman Chris Lynn has been ruled out of this month’s One-day International series against England with a calf problem, Cricket Australia said on Monday.Lynn suffered the injury to his right calf fielding in the Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash League match against the Perth Scorchers on Friday.It is expected the injury will sideline him for three to four weeks with selectors to announce a replacement shortly.The opening match of the five-game series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Click for detailed story

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