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India optimistic as virus threatens T20 World Cup double whammy


May 7, 2021

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket board is hoping it might be able to squeeze the remainder of its lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) into a crowded calendar and is still confident of hosting the T20 World Cup later this year, a top official said on Thursday. Already looking at a $270 million revenue loss following the suspension of the IPL, the …

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IPC minister, PSB DG hold meeting with PFF NC chief


May 7, 2021

LAHORE: The Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination and the Pakistan Sports Board Director General held a virtual meeting with the chairman of the FIFA-appointed Pakistan Football Federation Normalisation Committee on Thursday, the latest in a series of meetings in an attempt to remove the suspension placed by the global football body on the country. “Both me and [IPC Minister] Dr …

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PCB await NCOC decision on holding remaining PSL-6 games


May 7, 2021

LAHORE: As the time is running short and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not yet received a final decision from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) regarding organising the remaining 20 matches of the HBL PSL 6 in Karachi or in the United Arab Emirates from June 1 to 17. Though a meeting between the PCB and NCOC …

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Pakistan seek another dominating show in final Zimbabwe Test


May 7, 2021

HARARE: Babar Azam will look to continue his unbeaten record as Pakistan Test captain when Zimbabwe and Pakistan clash in the second and final Test at the Harare Sports Club on Friday. Pakistan won the first Test at the same venue comprehensively beating Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs. Hasan Ali’s nine wickets coupled with Fawad Alam’s knock of …

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Babar vows no letting up as Pakistan strive for improvement


May 7, 2021

KARACHI: After last week’s lop-sided opening Test, during which Pakistan completed their first innings victory over Zimbabwe while needing less than three days of playing time, skipper Babar Azam said on Thursday that winning is a great habit and as captain he expects no loose ends. Addressing a virtual media conference from Harare on eve of the second Test, Babar …

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Tabish Khan named as Pakistan shortlist 13-member squad for 2nd Test


May 6, 2021

Harare: Pakistan captain Babar Azam in a virtual press conference today has announced a 13-member squad for the second Tests against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, scheduled to start from tomorrow. Pacers Tabish Ali and Haris Rauf have been named while the remaining eleven are the same who played the first Test. It must be noted that Pakistan are 1-0 …

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Fans warned off Tokyo Olympics marathon test


May 6, 2021

SAPPORO: Spectators were urged to stay away as a subdued Tokyo Olympics marathon rehearsal took place under strict anti-coronavirus conditions in Sapporo on Wednesday, as officials grapple with a rise in infections and public antipathy to the Games. Scattered onlookers in facemasks clapped but refrained from cheering, to avoid spreading droplets, as Kenya’s Hillary Kipkoech won the scaled-back men’s half-marathon …

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Ex-Aussie cricketer allegedly targeted for kidnapping


May 6, 2021

SYDNEY: Former Australia Test cricketer Stuart MacGill was allegedly kidnapped, assaulted and threatened with a gun before being released last month in Sydney. New South Wales state police on Wednesday arrested and charged four men in relation to the incident. The men — aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 — including one who is allegedly known to MacGill, were charged …

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I was asked to resign day after PSL postponement: Dr Sohail


May 6, 2021

LAHORE: Former medical head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Dr. Sohail Salim, who resigned after seven Covid-19 cases appeared in this year’s Pakistan Super League-6 which led to the postponement of the league midway, disclosed on Wednesday that he did not resign at his own but was asked for it. “On the very next day [following the PSL postponement] …

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BCCI faces $270 million hit from IPL suspension


May 6, 2021

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board faces losing about $270 million in revenue after its lucrative and star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) was halted by the Covid-19 crisis in the country, a senior official said on Wednesday. The world’s richest Twenty20 league was approaching its halfway stage before it was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday following bubble breaches in two venues. …

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