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Cook’s time as England Test captain may be up

CHENNAI: England captain Alastair Cook heads home for Christmas with calls for his resignation ringing in his ears after what turned into an embarrassing subcontinental tour. Cook flagged his possible departure before the five Test tour of India and it was a question that became more pointed after England’s capitulation …

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Ahmed Shahzad fined Rs20,000 for misbehaving with umpire

Renowned Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shahzad has been fined Rs20,000 after he ‘misbehaved’ with an umpire during a match between Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Habib Bank Limited (HBL). Ahmed Shahzad is skipper of the HBL team. The fine was imposed after Shehzad reacted to the umpire’s decision, after which …

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Five things we learnt from India vs England

Five things we learnt from India’s 4-0 Test series win over England: King Kohli reigns supreme There’s no stopping Virat Kohli the batsman or Virat Kohli the skipper. The 28 year old achieved new highs in 2016 with five successive series wins as captain and three double centuries, making him …

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Aamir Sohail issues warning to Pakistan team

KARACHI: The miraculous near-win Pakistan almost pulled off in the first Test against Australia means that the confidence in the camp is supposed to be high, but former captain Aamir Sohail has warned the players to not be overconfident and tread lightly. After being completely outplayed in the first three …

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Bundesliga pays tribute to Berlin victims

BERLIN: Bundesliga teams paid tribute to the victims of the Berlin Christmas market terror attack before Tuesday’s four matches with a minute’s silence, while players wore black armbands. Fans paid their respects at grounds in Dortmund, Moenchengladbach, Hamburg and Frankfurt. “With this, we would like to show a sense of …

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Brisbane rearguard can help Pakistan beat Australia: Haroon

KARACHI: Former chief selector Haroon Rashid insisted on Tuesday that Pakistan were capable of beating Australia despite the tourists losing the day-night series opener in Brisbane, provided they learned quickly. Haroon, also an ex-Test batsman, told Dawn the conditions in Melbourne will offer a big contrast to what Misbah-ul-Haq’s men …

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Aussies head to Melbourne as winners but not grinners

MELBOURNE: Australia head to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan with some festive cheer after winning the series opener in Brisbane but Steve Smith’s side will not find many Christmas presents under the tree from local media. Pundits described Australia’s 39-run win in the first day-night Test held …

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Australia induct Zimbabwe-born all-rounder as cover

BRISBANE: Australia called up uncapped Zimbabwe-born all-rounder Hilton Cartwright on Tuesday as cover for their fast bowlers after the gruelling first Test win over Pakistan. Cartwright, 24, joins the squad for next week’s second Test in Melbourne as Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird recover from their exertions in …

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Barca ready to make Messi best paid player in the world

BARCELONA: Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu indicated the Spanish champions are prepared to make Lionel Messi the world’s highest-paid player to keep the Argentine superstar at the club. “Leo Messi is the best [player] in the history of football and we want him to stay with us,” Bartomeu told reporters …

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Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova attacked by knife at home

PRAGUE: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured after an attack by a knife-wielding burglar at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov, her spokesman said on Tuesday. “Petra Kvitova was attacked in her flat this morning, it was a random crime, nobody was going to attack or …

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