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England face West Indies in T20 final on Sunday

KOLKATA (AFP) – A new-look England and a resurgent West Indies will battle to become the first two-time winners of cricket s World Twenty20 in a big-hitting showdown Sunday that promises to rain sixes. A year after exiting the 50-over World Cup with egg on their face, Eoin Morgan s England will ...

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Sarfraz likely to replace Shahid Afridi as T20 captain

LAHORE  – Fact-finding committee on Friday has suggested to pick star player Sarfraz Ahmad as new T20 captain but the announcement can face delay, reported on Friday. Sources told the board has decided to not extend Head Coach Waqar Younis’ contract which is due to expire in May while Mohsin ...

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Imran blames ‘political pressure’ for dismal state of Pakistan cricket

Former Pakistan cricket great and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Imran Khan, on Sunday blamed “political pressure” and “cronyism” for the international team’s consistent poor performances. In an outpour on Twitter, Imran said Prime Minister Nawaz had “perfected the art of cronyism” and had appointed an “election fixer” to “fix” Pakistan ...

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I’m not fit to be Pakistan skipper: Afridi

MOHALI (AFP) – Shahid Afridi said he was no longer up to captaining Pakistan after his team s exit Friday from the World Twenty20 but held back from making anannouncement on his possible retirement. Going into the match against Australia, the 36-year-old had strongly hinted it would be his last appearance ...

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Tennis: Federer calls for consistent global dope testing

MIAMI (AFP) – Roger Federer believes tennis does not face a major doping problem but voiced concern here Thursday that drug testing protocols are not being taken seriously enough in certain parts of the world. The record 17-time Grand Slam singles champion spoke out at the ATP and WTA Miami ...

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Messi, Suarez return for South American qualifiers

MONTEVIDEO (AFP) – Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will make a long-awaited return to World Cup duty this week when South America s marathon qualifying competition for the 2018 finals in Russia resumes. Suarez has not kicked a ball for Uruguay since he was slapped with a global ban ...

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Pakistan face rampant Black Caps in must-win T20

MOHALI (AFP) – A resurgent New Zealand will be eyeing a semi-final berth when they take on a deflated Pakistan in a World Twenty20 group match in Mohali Tuesday. Smarting under a six-wicket defeat to arch rivals India, Shahid Afridi s men need a victory against the table-topping Kiwis to keep ...

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