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Indian players confused as BCCI yet to select Champions Trophy squad

NEW DELHI: The uncertainty surrounding the Indian cricket team’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy seems to be affecting the national team’s players too. According to a report on India Today website, national team cricketers have been calling the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to enquire about their chances …

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Afridi declines Najam Sethi’s farewell offer

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Friday declined an offer by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi to give him a farewell upon his retirement from international cricket. The seasoned all-rounder took to Twitter to thank Sethi for meeting him last Sunday and offering to arrange a …

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ICC chairman welcomes Big Three scrapping

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar has welcomed ICC board’s vote for a new financial model that will reverse a 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances and administration. Under the new financial model and governance structure, the split of …

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Younis Khan confirms retirement plans

World-class Test batsman Younis Khan on Sunday confirmed his plans to retire from Test cricket amidst media reports that he may reconsider his plans if the national team still needs him. “A lot of things are being said regarding my retirement from Test cricket… that perhaps Younis Khan wants to …

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Foul-mouthed Nastase expelled from Fed Cup tie

LONDON: Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase was expelled from the Fed Cup tie with Britain on Saturday for ‘serious misconduct’ after a foul-mouthed rant compounded a controversy caused by racist remarks aimed at Serena Williams. The 70-year-old was heard to say about Williams’s pregnancy at Friday’s press conference ahead of …

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Djokovic’s French Open plans take Monte Carlo hit

MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic’s preparations for his French Open title defence suffered another setback Friday when he was defeated by Belgium’s David Goffin 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. The Serb saved four match points but slumped to his first loss to Goffin after five successive wins …

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Late equaliser helps Hoffenheim qualify for Europa League

COLOGNE: Kerem Demirbay scored in the third minute of injury time to qualify Hoffenheim for European football for the first time with a 1-1 draw at Cologne in the Bundesliga on Friday. Demirbay’s late strike ensured third-place Hoffen­heim cannot finish any lower than sixth, guaranteeing the side a spot in …

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Ten-man Hull defy odds to boost survival bid

LONDON: Hull City ignored the controversial dismissal of Oumar Niasse to boost their bid for Premier League survival with a vital 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Marco Silva’s side played with 10 men for 65 minutes at the KCOM Stadium after Senegal international Niasse was sent off for a …

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West Indies revival frustrates Pakistan in first Test

KINGSTON: Half-centuries by Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich engineered a West Indies revival in reaching 244 for seven at stumps against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test at Sabina Park on Friday. Coming together immediately after lunch when opener Kieran Powell became Mohammad Amir’s third wicket with …

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First Test: Dream debut for Abbas as Windies limp to 71-4

Mohammad Abbas had a dream debut as Pakistan reduced the West Indies to 71 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday. Sharing the new ball with Mohammad Amir after their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, chose to …

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