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Sethi says he will try to resolve problems at PCB

ISLAMABAD (AP) – The newly appointed acting chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board said Sunday he will try to lead the organization out of crisis in a transparent manner and will attend next week s annual board meeting of the International Cricket Council.   Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed prominent journalist Najam Sethi to the post on Sunday after the Islamabad High Court …

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England crush Australia in Champions Trophy

BIRMINGHAM: Hosts England got off to a promising start in the Champions Trophy, inflicting a crushing 48-run defeat on their traditional rivals Australia at the Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday night. After England posted a challenging 269 for 6 through Ian Bell’s elegant 91 runs, their bowlers restricted Australia to 221 for 9. Australia skipper George Bailey’s battling 55 runs and …

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Indian bowler Sreesanth, two others arrested for spot-fixing

IPL:  In a sensational development, Indian paceman S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi police on the charges of spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League.   The special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth from his friend s place in Mumbai while the other two cricketers …

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Wax figure of Tendulkar unveiled at SCG

SYDNEY (AP) – Sachin Tendulkar has made an unscheduled appearance at the Sydney Cricket Ground as a life-sized wax figure of the Indian batsman was unveiled in front of a throng of cricket fans.   Local Indian fans, known as the Swami Army, cheered and sang Indian chants as the “Little Master” was unveiled at the SCG before becoming a permanent …

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Pakistan to train on ‘English’ pitches

KARACHI (AFP) – Pakistan’s cricket authorities Thursday ordered English-style pitches to help their struggling batsmen prepare for the Champions Trophy, to be played in England in June.   Pakistani batsmen had a woeful time on the fast and bouncy tracks in South Africa where they were whitewashed 3-0 in Tests and edged out 3-2 in the one-day series last month. …

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Batsman with bad performance should be eased out: Zaheer Abbas

KARACHI (Agencies) – In an interview to a local news agency legendary Zaheer Abbas has advised the Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint a batting coach with the national team.   The former Pakistan skipper also suggested that senior players in the side had become a liability and should now be eased out of the team.   “I see the failure …

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Pakistan rout South Africa in T20

CENTURION (AFP) – Pakistan scored a crushing 95-run victory over South Africa in the second and final Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park here on Sunday. Mohammasd Hafeez scored 86 and took three wickets for 25 runs, while fast bowler Umar Gul took five for six as South Africa collapsed to 100 all out in reply to Pakistan s 195 for seven.   …

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Olympics: IOC warns on Pakistan meddling claims

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday said it had issued a warning over alleged political interference in Pakistan s national organisation.   “The IOC will continue to support the Pakistan Olympic Association, whose office-bearers were duly and democratically elected last year,” a spokesman for the Lausanne-based body told AFP in an emailed statement.   “The IOC condemns the current attempts of …

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali in critical condition

NEW ORLEANS: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been admitted to a hospital in United States as brother of the former heavyweight champion fears Ali could be dead in days. Ali celebrated his 71st birthday last month. He suffers from Parkinson s disease for last 30 years. It’s a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremor and impaired muscular …

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