Azhar Ali moves to sixth in ICC’s Test batsmen ranking
Pakistan opener Azhar Ali has moved up 10 places to now be ranked a career-high sixth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, according to the council’s press release. While Azhar’s scores of 205 not out and 43 in the second Test against Australia in Melbourne could not prevent Pakistan from going 2-0 down in the three-Test series, his consistent performances throughout the year enabled him to find his way up from 20th at the start of 2016.
Host: Ghaffar Khan
Co-Host: Narjis Kazmi
PCB invites West Indies to play two T20s in Pakistan in March
The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited the West Indies team to play two T-20 Internationals in Pakistan in March. In an interview, PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said the Board is trying hard to end the drought of international cricket in Pakistan and has been in talks with several cricket boards around the world. The board is in touch with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on the matter.
Misbah to play third Test in Sydney as Aussies double up on spin
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will play the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney on Tuesday on the back of a disappointing 2-0 series defeat at Melbourne last week. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Media and Coordination Amjad Hussain says that Misbah had decided to play the third Test.
STA to stage Westbury Open ranking tennis from Jan 8
The Sindh Tennis Association will organise 15th Westbury Open Ranking Tennis Championship from Jan 8-14, 2017 at DA Creek Club. The events to be contested in the tournament include men’s singles, ladies singles, Juniors Under-17, Under-15, Under-13, under 11, Under-9 and Seniors 50-plus singles.
Roger Federer can win another Grand Slam, says former coach Paul Annacone
Roger Federer can return from six months out and win another Grand Slam, says his former coach Paul Annacone. The 35-year-old, who has won 17 majors, is due to make his comeback from a knee injury against Britain's Dan Evans in the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.
Four Russian skeleton athletes suspended
The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) suspended four Russian competitors as the fallout from a bombshell expose into state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics took another twist. The R-Sport website, citing a source “close to the affair”, named the four as Olga Potylitsina, Maria Orlova and Elena Nikitina who was a bronze medallist in women’s skeleton at Sochi.