South African player tests COVID-19 positive minutes before England ODI

Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town. Picture Cricket South Africa  CAPE TOWN: The first one-day international between South Africa and England, scheduled to be played at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday, has been postponed after a South African player tested positive for COVID-19. Cricket South Africa made the announcement just over an hour before …

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Pakistan’s New Zealand tour to move forward only if players are comfortable: sources

PCB’s Chairman Ehsan Mani speaks during a press conference. — AFP/Files LAHORE: Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand could be in jeopardy as cricket officials have sought feedback from players and a decision will be taken in light of their response, Geo News reported on Friday citing sources. PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani has reportedly asked for …

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FIH introduces new qualification rules for Hockey World Cup

— AFP/Files KARACHI: The International Hockey Federation on Thursday introduced new qualifying rules ahead of the women and men’s world cups in 2022 and 2023 respectively. The decision was made during an e-conference of FIH executive board chaired by president Dr Narinder Batra. The newly introduced rules eliminate traditional qualifying round. Instead, the teams’ will …

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New Zealand authorities refuse to give Pakistan team training permission

New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. — YouTube KARACHI: The Pakistani squad has not been granted an exemption for training during the managed isolation period, the New Zealand Cricket authorities said Friday. New Zealand health department, in a statement, said that following careful consideration regarding coronavirus, the Director-General of Health has confirmed that he …

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Five Pakistani cricketers in run for ICC’s ODI team of the decade

(L to R) Sana Mir and Mohammad Hafeez. — AFP/Files The International Cricket Council (ICC) has nominated five Pakistani cricketers — three men, and two women — for the ODI teams of the decade. The probables for inclusion in the ICC men’s and women’s ODI team of the decade were revealed yesterday. For the men’s …

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Pakistan’s first four-day match with New Zealand A called off due to COVID-19 delays

Pakistani contingent in Lahore before departure for New Zealand. Photo: File   KARACHI: The first four-day game between Pakistan Shaheens and New Zealand A,  which was scheduled to start on December 10th, was called off on Thursday due to a delay in the start of preparation for cricket action. The decision is the result of a …

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Pakistan ranks 3rd on ICC Super League points table, leaving india behind

Photo: File Pakistan has reached the third position on the  ICC World Cup Super League points table, leaving India behind three places as the Men in Blue sit on the number six spot. According to Geo News, the team bagged the third place after winning the home series against Zimbabwe with 2-1 in October and …

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This Shoaib Akhtar illustration will remind fans of what a lethal fast bowler he was

Shoaib Akhtar reacts after his ball hits Brian Lara. — Twitter Shoaib Akhtar was known as the Rawalpindi Express for a reason and that was one reason only — the sheer pace at which he bowled.  Taking to Instagram, the former right-arm paces shared an illustration which shows Shoaib leaping in mid-air, about to bowl …

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