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PCB Chairman optimist on Amir’s Visa to UK   

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan expresses his optimism regarding paceman Mohammad Amir’s visa to travel with the national team. According to some media reports, Mohammad Aamir has been granted a UK visa clearing the way for him to make his return to Test cricket in England this summer. Pakistan team tour of England begins from June 17. Amir was caught in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that resulted in bans and jail sentences for him, former Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif. He served half of a six-month jail sentence in England after pleading guilty to charges of bowling deliberate no-balls in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s as part of the spot-fixing deal. 

England players have carried no negativity for Amir: Stuard Broad

Stuart Broad has insisted he won't have any issues playing against Mohammad Amir should the convicted spot-fixer make his Test return at Lord's next month. Lord's was the venue six years ago when left-arm quick bowler Amir and two Pakistan team-mates were involved in the deliberate bowling of no-balls as part of a newspaper 'sting' operation to demonstrate the trio's willingness to take part in spot-fixing.

South Africa wins ODI against Australia
South Africa roared back into contention in the Tri-Nation One-Day International series with a 47-run victory over World champions Australia in the third match of the tournament at the Guyana National Stadium on yesterday. Defending a modest 189 for nine on another pitch that challenged the patience and technique of all batsmen. The Proteas bowlers were resisted only by opener Aaron Finch’s defiant 72 before he was ninth out as the World Cup-holders folded for 142 off 34.2 overs
By virtue of their margin of victory, South Africa also earned a bonus point and leapt from last to first on net run-rate over Australia, leaving hosts West Indies third.

South Africa to play their first day-night Test this year

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have overcome their initial hesitancy and confirmed on Wednesday that the third and final test of the tour of Australia will be a day-night fixture at Adelaide Oval starting on Nov. 24. Earlier, CSA and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had agreed that the Gabba Test during the Pakistan's tour of Australia towards the end of this year will be day-night. The first day-night Test was played between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide last year and drew 124,000 spectators despite only lasting three days. The highest score in all four innings was 224, with Australia winning by three wickets.

England reach for the whitewash against Sri Lanka
England have knack of coming unstuck as they chase a Test series whitewash, but they will hope to complete the job against Sri Lanka at Lord’s this week despite clear signs of improvement from the tourists. England are 2-0 up with one Test to play, but the match starting on Thursday has more riding on it than it might appear for the hosts after recent series victories ended on a low note. Last year, having won the Ashes, England suffered an innings and 46-run defeat by Australia in the fifth Test at The Oval. Sri Lanka, having become the first team since New Zealand in 1958 to be dismissed for under 120 in three successive Test innings, made 475 in the second knock in Durham including a fine hundred by Dinesh Chandimal.

Ali's Funeral prayers will be offered in Louisville

The funeral prayers of great boxer Muhammad Ali will be offered at Freedom Hall in the US city of Louisville on Friday. The funeral service is open to all. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jillani will represent the country at the funeral of Mohammad Ali, on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The legendary boxer died on Saturday after protracted illness. Muhammad Ali began crafting details of his own funeral years ago, insisting on an open and inclusive service, a family spokesman said. Ali also said it was important that the memorials be conducted in the Muslim tradition. The planning for the memorials involved many people in the Louisville, Kentucky, area who were asked to sign nondisclosure agreements.

Colombia became the first side to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario

Colombia became the first side to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario on Tuesday, while the United States thumped Costa Rica 4-0 to get their campaign back on track.
Goals from AC Milan's Carlos Bacca and Real Madrid star James Rodriguez secured a 2-1 win for Colombia over Paraguay in front of a vocal crowd at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. Victor Ayala gave Paraguay hope after pulling a goal back on 71 minutes but Colombia held on for three points which means they are assured of a top two finish in Group A and a place in the last eight.
Colombia need only to draw against Costa Rica on Saturday to assure themselves of first place, leaving them a potentially easier quarter-final against the runner-up from Group B, which contains Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru.
 
PHF gears up for Asian Champions Trophy

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has commenced preparations for the senior team’s title defence at the 4th Men’s Asian Champions Trophy to be held in Kuantan, Malaysia from October 20 to 30. Pakistan are the most successful team in the competition at the moment with two gold and one silver medals, while India have occupied the top of the podium once. Hosts Malaysia took bronze in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Korea are making their Asian Champions Trophy debut.
The tournament was last held in 2013 at Kakamigahara in Japan, where Pakistan defeated hosts Japan 3-1, and the PHF management and coaches are eager to retain the title this year.

Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won bronze in the Javelin Throw event

Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won bronze in the Javelin Throw event of the Asian Junior Athletics Championship that began in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nadeem’s 73.40m throw on his fourth attempt set up his medal win. Nadeem finished behind India’s Niraj Chopra, who covered 77.60m, while Japan’s Junya Sado won gold with his 77.97m throw.

Serena tops Sharapova as world's highest paid sportswoman

Two days after her stunning loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, Serena Williams scored a different win, when Forbes Magazine reported she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world's highest-paid sportswoman. Williams earned $28 9 million over the past 12 months, the financial magazine reported in an article posted on its website. Russian tennis star Sharapova had held the title for the past 11 years. Williams's career prize money of $77. Sharapova earned $21. 9 million over the past 12 months, down almost $8 million from the previous year, Forbes said.

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