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Botham backs controversial 100-ball cricket format

LONDON (AFP) – England great Ian Botham has backed controversial plans for a new city-based 100-ball competition despite widespread criticism from within the game. The former all-rounder believes England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves is right to press ahead with the “Hundred” concept in the hope that it ...

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Serena will be ready to target Roland Garros victory: coach

PARIS (AFP) – Serena Williams might well be “stressed and excited” at the prospect of her season clay debut at the French Open, but she remains capable of winning the tournament, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Williams landed a 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, but ...

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All-rounder Hafeez declares ICC’s bowling action law ‘unfair’

LAHORE (Sports Desk) – Pakistan cricket team’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez criticized International Cricket Council (ICC) law regarding bowling action. The player, known with the name of ‘Professor’ in national cricket team, has recently allowed bowling in international cricket after remodeling action. He was banned from bowling over his suspicious action ...

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Barcelona’s unbeaten season ended by five-star Levante

MADRID (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday. Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive ...

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