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Bangladesh’s five coaching staff members to miss out on Pakistan tour


January 18, 2020

The upcoming tour of Pakistan will see five members of Bangladesh’s coaching staff absent from the tour, ESPNCricinfo reported. The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) Operations Chairman Akram Khan, batting coach Neil McKenzie and fielding coach Ryan Cook had withdrawn from the series whereas, the board decided to pass up spin coach Daniel Vettori for the short series. Furthermore, team analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran …

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Bismah leads from the front to help Challengers seal T20 title


January 18, 2020

KARACHI: Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof inspired PCB Challengers to the National Triangular T20 Women’s Champ­ionship title with a six-wicket defeat of PCB Blasters in the floodlight final at the National Stadium here on Thursday night. Chasing a rather modest target of 129, the Challengers — who are coached by former first-class cricketer Aamir Iqbal — became recipients of the Rs500,000 …

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India level series despite Smith’s defiance


January 18, 2020

RAJKOT: India’s rejigged batting order fired on Friday as the hosts beat Australia by 36 runs in the second One-day International here at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium to level the three-match series. Steve Smith kept Australia on course with a typically busy 98 before dragging the ball onto his stumps and the tourists were all out for 304 in …

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England in driving seat at Port Elizabeth


January 18, 2020

PORT ELIZABETH: Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope made centuries to hammer a South Africa team already hit by a ban for their top bowler as England took control on a potentially decisive day of the Test series here at St George’s Park on Friday. Stokes made 120, Pope 135 not out for his maiden test century, and England surged to …

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A dismal year for the national game


January 18, 2020

ABSENCE from inaugural FIH Pro League, failing to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, turmoil at home, allegations of corruption and lack of vision surrounded Pakistan hockey as incumbent PHF chief retired Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar played gimmick, first by sending PHF secretary Shahbaz Sr. home and bringing Asif Bajwa for the second time and later silencing the critics by …

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Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’


January 18, 2020

Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said on Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form. The 22-year-old began last year in spectacular fashion, winning in Melbourne for back-to-back Grand Slam titles and soaring to the top of the world rankings. But she then …

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Kamran Akmal ‘heart-broken’ over being snubbed yet again


January 17, 2020

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal on Friday said that he was “hurt and heartbroken” after being snubbed for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh, reported Geo Super. Akmal failed to make the national squad as chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq retained Mohammad Rizwan, who replaced former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the wicket-keeping department. Akmal, now 38, took to Twitter to express …

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Barty advances to semis at Adelaide, Halep ousted


January 17, 2020

ADELAIDE: Ashleigh Barty won a re-match of last year’s French Open final on Thursday as the Australian reached the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Adelaide International. The top seed dominated Czech tournament number eight Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 6-3, to thrill home fans at Memorial Drive in the inaugural edition of the event. Vondrousova was playing her first tournament in six months …

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Dhoni denied India contract amid retirement speculations


January 17, 2020

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board signalled it is ready for life without Mahendra Singh Dhoni after dropping the long-serving wicket-keeper from its list of centrally-contracted players on Thursday. The former captain quit Test cricket in 2014 and has not played for India since taking a break after the team’s semi-finals exit at the 50-overs World Cup in England last …

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