LONDON: Mohammad Amir may be the centre of attention in the build-up to the first Test against England at Lord´s, but Thursday´s match is also a milestone for Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Selection rows and fall-outs with previous Pakistan regimes mean that experienced batsman Misbah is now making his first Test tour of England at the advanced age of 42.
It was six years ago that Amir, new-ball partner Mohammad Asif and then-captain Salman Butt tarnished the reputation of Pakistan cricket with their involvement in a spot-fixing affair that saw the trio conspire to deliberately bowl no-balls during the 2010 Lord´s Test against England.
All three were given five-year bans and jail sentences.
The intervening period has not been easy for Pakistan, who have had to get used to NEW YORK: The 2016 US Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, will dish out a record $46.3 million in prize money, including $3.5 million for the men´s and women´s singles champions.
The bumped-up new purse, announced by the US Tennis Association, will make for an increase of about 10 percent per round for players, with the singles runners-up commanding $1.75 million.
The numbers outstrip those paid at the other Grand Slam events. This year´s Wimbledon champions, Andy Murray and Serena Williams, earned two million pounds (about $2.6 million) apiece out of a prize money pool of 28.1 million pounds.
“We are proud that this year´s US Open will offer the richest purse in tennis history,” said USTA president Katrina Adams.
This year´s edition of the US Open will begin August 23 and feature a new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium Court as well as a new Grandstand Stadium.
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