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Pakistan face big task to win in Australia

Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc says Australia plan to inflict a psychological blow on vulnerable Pakistan in Thursday’s day-night first Test in Brisbane to set up their three-match series. The left-armer said Australia, who lost Test series against Sri Lanka and South Africa recently, sense an opportunity to strike with Pakistan ...

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Pakistan coach Arthur plays down return to Australia

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur remains ill at ease with the spotlight shining on his return to Australia and cannot wait for the focus to shift to cricket, the 48-year-old said on Monday. Arthur’s 19-month tenure as Australia coach came to an acrimonious end weeks before the 2013 Ashes series, following ...

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Wasim Akram will not coach Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2017

Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram announced Saturday he will not be the bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) season on account of other “professional commitments and time constraints”, ESPN reported. “We will miss Wasim bhai who has been part of ...

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Uzbek, Indian players confirm participation in Asian Tennis Tour

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) is hopeful that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) will hold the Davis Cup tie against Iran in Pakistan by all means, as per the schedule already announced. The championship is slated to be held here in Islamabad in February, however, Iran has appealed before ...

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Jennings hits debut ton but Ashwin leads India fightback

MUMBAI: England opener Keaton Jennings struck a century on debut before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin led an Indian fightback with late wickets to leave the visitors 288 for five on the first day of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. The touring side, trailing 2-0 in the five-match ...

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Asad optimistic ahead of Australia tour opener

CAIRNS: Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq said on Wednesday the local knowledge of coach Mickey Arthur is proving invaluable as the tourists prepare for a trial by pace in the upcoming three-Test series against Australia. The Pakistanis are in Cairns for a three-day pink-ball match against a Cricket Australia XI beginning ...

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