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Does Shahid Afridi deserve a farewell game?

When a journalist recently asked Shahid Afridi about his fitness, he was met with a typical Afridi cross bat response: “Alhamdulillah, tum jaise dus bande main abhi bhi sambhaal sakta hoon (by the grace of God, I can still take on 10 guys like you).” In the same interview, he ...

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Younis Khan hospitalised for suspected dengue

KARACHI: Test cricketer Younis Khan, who was hospitalized a day earlier after suffering from high-grade fever, has improved fast and may be discharged in a day or two, friends and doctors told Dawn on Wednesday. The batsman suffering from fever was admitted to a private hospital where sour­ces said he ...

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Spin maestro Saeed Ajmal rejects PCB’s farewell offer

KARACHI: Spin maestro Saeed Ajmal has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s offer of a “fitting send-off”. “I have no intention to quit one-day or Twenty20 cricket at the moment,” the 38-year-old spinner told Dawn on Tuesday. “I have worked really hard to stage a comeback and my performance in the ...

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Replacing captain no solution to ODI woes: Misbah

ISLAMABAD: While insisting that replacing skipper was no practical solution to the problems faced currently by Pakistan in ODI format, Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday emphasised players needed more one-day games in domestic cricket to excel in cut-throat international ODI contests. “Mere replacement of the captain will not work as ...

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West Indies wary of Pakistan challenge, says Badree

West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree has said his side is wary of the challenge posed by the Pakistan team in the three-match Twenty20 series starting from September 23 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “On their day, they can demolish any opposition, and we are wary of that challenge,” Badree ...

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‘Azhar retained as ODI skipper for WI series’

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again put its faith in Azhar Ali’s leadership as the right-handed batsman has been retained as ODI skipper for the series against the West Indies in the UAE. The three-match series starts on Sept 30 in Sharjah. Azhar’s captaincy came under scrutiny ...

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Brathwaite wants WI to play exciting cricket against Pakistan

DUBAI: West Indies Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite, who would be leading his side against Pakistan in the UAE series, has urged the youngsters to express themselves, and play their natural game, as their performance could eventually decide their future in the national team. The West Indies are scheduled to play ...

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Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib narrowly escapes helicopter crash

Bangladeshi star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir narrowly escaped an accident after a helicopter carrying the two to a Cox’s Bazar resort crashed on its return journey, leaving one person dead and four others injured, The Daily Star reported. “I am fine, but feel rather ...

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View from US: The death-spiral of Pakistan hockey

Montreal Olympics 1976: Pakistan played field hockey for the first time on an artificial turf that we now call astro-turf. We didn’t win the gold, but we got the bronze. Thirty years later, on a wet windswept day, I was at the forlorn stadium where Canada hosted the summer Olympics. ...

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