Holders India did not submit a squad for the one-day international tournament by an April 25 deadline after the BCCI failed in a bid to halt a new revenue model being adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
According to a report on India Today website, national team cricketers had been calling the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to enquire about their chances of travelling to England for the prestigious tournament which begins from 1 June. BCCI was the only full member to object to ICC’s new financial model besides being just one of two full members to vote against the new changes in governance.

Pakistan to prepare for Champions Trophy with training camp in Birmingham

The Pakistan cricket team will attend a week-long training camp from the third week of May in Birmingham to prepare for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy.
The tournament, which sees the world’s top eight ODI sides clash against each other, begins in the UK from June 1 and there is more at stake for the Men in Green than just the prestigious tournament itself. The tournament provides Pakistan with a great chance to further cement their position in the top eight ODI sides as they look to avoid the ignominy of having to go through the qualification round in order to play in the 2019 World Cup; also taking place in the UK.
Pakistan plays two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India; taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29.

 Inzamam backs Pakistan to perform well against India in Champions Trophy

Chief selector Inzamamul Haq thinks the Pakistan-India June 4 clash in next month’s Champions Trophy will be important for the Men in Green to start off on the right foot in the tournament. Inzamam feels Pakistan, who generally struggle against India in world tournaments, can deliver this time around.
He says that, I am sure the players will perform well in the first match. The June 4 game is very important for us, not only because it is against India, but also because it will go a long way in helping us qualifies for the semi-finals.
Our team is quite balanced and has a nice blend of youthful exuberance and experience.

Akhtar offers land for Afridi's cricket academy

Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar has offered Pakistan's star all-rounder Shahid Afridi land for establishing a cricket academy. He offered Afridi to establish the cricket academy in Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) ground. Akhtar vowed to provide all possible assistance to the star all-rounder in this regard

In Gilgit-Baltistan, Jashn-e-Baharan Polo Tournament begins    

The tournament is being organized under auspices of Tourism Department in collaboration with Gilgit Baltistan Polo Association. A total of twenty seven teams including eight senior and nineteen junior polo teams will take part inthe competition Competition will continue till15th of this month 

Tennis- Madrid Open: Johanna Konta suffers first-round defeat to Laura Siegemund

Johanna Konta's struggles on clay continued as a final-set slump saw her lose to Laura Siegemund in the first round of the Madrid Open. Sixth-seed Konta, 25, was 3-0 up in the decider but German Siegemund took five straight games to progress 3-6 7-5 6-4. The match ended at 02:17am local time and defeat means British world number seven Konta has still won just three games on the surface in her career. Siegemund will face Estonia's Anett Kontaveit or American Coco Vandeweghe. The world number 30 won the second WTA Tour title of her career last week at the Stuttgart Open.

Football- Arsene Wenger: Managers must 'control' criticism of players, says Arsenal boss

Arsene Wenger says managers must be "careful" when criticising their own players and "control what you say". Wenger's Arsenal side face Jose Mourinho's Manchester United on Sunday (kick-off 16:00 BST), battling to reach the Premier League's top four places. Mourinho has questioned the desire of defenders Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to return from injury.

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