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New Zealand drop Guptill for Pakistan series

WELLINGTON: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill’s faltering Test career appeared to be over Thursday when he was dropped from the Black Caps’ squad for this month’s series against Pakistan. Guptill was not named in the 13-man squad for the two-Test series after repeatedly failing to showcase his limited-overs form in …

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PCB to pick up the tab for GB members’ business class flights, hotel stays

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will now be picking up the tabs of its Governing Board (GB) members when it comes to business class air tickets and five-star hotel stays during foreign tours. The proposal was one of three discussed at a Board of Governance (BOG) meeting in Lahore …

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Rooney to make England return against Scotland

BURTON-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM: England captain Wayne Rooney will return to the starting line-up for his country’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday, interim manager Gareth Southgate announced on Thursday. Rooney, 31, started on the bench in England’s last game, a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia, after losing his …

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Against New Zealand A: Pakistan likely to field strong batting side

KARACHI: The team management wants to take full advantage of their solitary practice match ahead of a tough Test series against New Zealand, and have decided to field their best batting line-up for the three-day clash starting in Nelson tomorrow. Misbahul Haq’s men will face New Zealand A, led by …

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IBSF World Championship Not cracking under pressure recipe for success

KARACHI: 2012 IBSF world champion Muhammad Asif will be hoping to guide Pakistan to a third crown as he, Babar Masih and Muhammad Bilal gear up for this year’s IBSF World Championship, which commences from November 18 in Qatar. “Of course this is the biggest event and I would want …

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Jon Jones stripped of UFC title after drugs ban

LOS ANGELES: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Jon Jones has been suspended for a year after testing positive for a banned drug and has also been stripped of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight interim title, UFC President Dana White said on Wednesday. White told an ESPN podcast that …

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Australia under pressure to avoid fifth straight loss

HOBART: Skipper Steve Smith and his Australia team are under big pressure from South Africa and their own selectors as they try to bounce back from one of their worst losing streaks in the second Test at Hobart on Saturday. The Australians sunk to a comprehensive 177-run loss to the …

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Junaid Khan dazzles in 2016 Bangladesh Premier League

Pakistan left-arm pacer Junaid Khan was on fire against Rajshahi Kings in the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Wednesday as he inspired Khulna Titans to a three-run victory in Mirpur. Khulna, who opted to bat first, could only manage 133-8 in their 20 overs courtesy a five-for by Rajshahi’s …

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Suarez in blockbuster Barcelona extension talks

BARCELONA: European Golden Shoe winner Luis Suarez said negotiations to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2021 were running smoothly. The 29-year-old, who claimed the award for a second time after finishing top scorer across Europe last season, originally joined Barcelona on a five-year deal from Liverpool in 2014. “Negotiations …

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Ton-up Root, unbeaten Ali help England start strong against India

RAJKOT, INDIA: England’s Joe Root hit a sparkling century and Moeen Ali was unbeaten on 99 as the tourists finished the opening day of the first Test against India in a strong position on 311-4. Root was out for 124 after putting on 179 for the fourth wicket with left-hander …

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