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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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WT20: England chase mammoth 230 runs to stun South Africa

Contributions from Root, Roy see England defeat South Africa by 2 wickets MUMBAI (Web Desk) – England cricket team on Friday created history by chasing the second highest total in World T20 history as they defeated South Africa by 2 wickets after chasing a humongous total of 230 runs in ...

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