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Won’t disappoint as Test captain, says Sarfraz Ahmed

KARACHI  – Pakistan one-day international (ODI) and Twenty20 international (T20I) Captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that he won’t disappoint anybody if he is selected as the Test skipper. The Champions Trophy triumphant captain said his foremost priority will be to take the Test team to number one ranking once again ...

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Iranian squad crowned in IWF Junior World Championships

The Iranian men’s junior wrestling team has won the trophy at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships in Japan, having won six medals at the prestigious international tournament. The Iranian squad stood on top of the podium with 423 points followed by the Japanese outfit, which accumulated 394 points to be named ...

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ICC confirms plans for World XI series in Pakistan

LONDON  – Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport s global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year. With the exception of Zimbabwe s tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all ...

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Football: Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for semi-final berths

Portugal are set to face New Zealand for a place in Confederations Cup semi-finals. SOCHI  – Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday s clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week s Confederations Cup semi-finals. Ronaldo brushed off allegations of ...

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Tennis: Federer into 15th Halle quarter-final

HALLE WESTFALEN  – Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grass court tournament for a 15th time on Thursday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev. Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam title winner who is building up for an assault on an eighth ...

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Amir delighted by Cook reception at Essex

LONDON – Pakistan bowler Mohammed Amir has praised the way former England captain Alastair Cook welcomed him to Essex ahead of his upcoming debut with the English county. Left-arm paceman Amir joined Essex after helping Pakistan win the Champions Trophy, with the 25-year-old taking three for 16 in Sunday s stunning ...

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Sri Lanka’s Malinga in hot water over ‘monkey’ comment

COLOMBO  – Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga faced an investigation Thursday after he compared a government minister to a monkey following criticism that the country s cricketers were too fat. Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan ...

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England sweat on Broad’s fitness for first South Africa Test

LONDON – England are set to discover later Thursday whether Stuart Broad will be available for the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler aggravated a longstanding heel injury playing county cricket. The 30-year-old Broad only bowled one over Wednesday before leaving the field with pain in his ...

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