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‘Extremely disappointed’: Anger and dismay as New Zealand abandons Pakistan tour at the last minute


September 17, 2021

As the New Zealand cricket team cancelled the hotly anticipated series against Pakistan at the eleventh hour citing security threats, fans, analysts and cricket enthusiasts took to Twitter expressing anger and exasperation, and questioned whether the whole situation could have been handled better. The New Zealand cricket board “unilaterally” cancelled the ODI and T20I series earlier today that had to culminate on …

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Conspiracy behind cancellation of NZ tour: Sheikh Rashid


September 17, 2021

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday said that there was a “conspiracy” behind the cancellation of New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan — the team’s first in 18 years. In response to a question, Ahmed declined to name the country responsible for the conspiracy but termed the cancellation “an attempt to damage our efforts for peace in the region”. Addressing a press …

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England liaising with its security team in Pakistan to decide fate of upcoming tour after NZ cancellation


September 17, 2021

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday that it would make the decision on its planned tour to Pakistan in the next 24 to 48 hours, according to a spokesperson for the board. The ECB announcement came soon after the sudden cancellation of the New Zealand cricket team’s Pakistan tour due to security concerns. The Kiwis’ decision was announced …

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England leapfrog France into third in FIFA rankings


September 17, 2021

PARIS: Euro 2020 finalists England pushed world champions and cross-Channel rivals France out of the top three in world football body FIFA’s latest men’s rankings published on Thursday. Belgium and Brazil retain first and second spots respectively, while England make their first appearance on the podium in nine years on the back of two wins and a draw in recent …

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Black Caps lose Blundell for entire one-day series


September 17, 2021

RAWALPINDI: New Zealand were dealt a major setback on Thursday after it was announced that their wicket-keeper/batter Tom Blundell would miss the entire ODI series against Pakistan here in Rawalpindi with a left-quad strain. Blundell’s spot in the ODI squad will be filled up by batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who is already part of the Black Caps’ squad for the …

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FIFA intensifies push to stage World Cup every two years


September 17, 2021

ZURICH: FIFA intensified its push for hosting the World Cup every two years on Thursday by garnering support from football fans around the world to help combat resistance from Europe and South America. The latest public relations tactic came in the form on an online survey commissioned by FIFA. The FIFA statement did not provide data, details of the polling …

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Pakistan eye ODI revival at home against New Zealand


September 17, 2021

RAWALPINDI: There is a touch of history linked with Friday’s opening One-day International between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Pindi Cricket Stadium here in Rawalpindi. Call them the Black Caps of modern or the Kiwis of the era gone by, this is the New Zealand’s first tour to Pakistan after a gaping span of nearly 18 years. In the …

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England leapfrog France into third in FIFA rankings


September 17, 2021

PARIS: Euro 2020 finalists England pushed world champions and cross-Channel rivals France out of the top three in world football body FIFA’s latest men’s rankings published on Thursday. Belgium and Brazil retain first and second spots respectively, while England make their first appearance on the podium in nine years on the back of two wins and a draw in recent …

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4,000 policemen to be deployed in Rawalpindi for NZ-Pakistan cricket matches


September 17, 2021

RAWALPINDI: As many as 4,000 police personnel will be deployed for the cricket series being played between Pakistan and New Zealand at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from Sept 17 (today). Besides, cricket fans would go through metal detectors, biometric checking and walk-through gates. A security official said though there was no specific threat in Rawalpindi, the law enforcement agencies were not …

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Hasan Ali on guard against under-strength NZ, eyes all-round show


September 16, 2021

RAWALPINDI: Hasan Ali insists that Pakistan have to showcase their top game to prevail over New Zealand when the two sides start the three-match One-day International series in Rawalpindi from Friday. The pace bowler warned his team-mates not to take seriously the status of the New Zealand squad, who are missing several first-choice stars, including captain Kane Williamson as well …

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