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Pakistan elected to bat first

Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq elected to bat first against England after winning the toss on a sunny London morning for the first of the four-Test match series on Thursday. Left-arm fast-bowler Mohammad Amir makes his Test return after the spot-fixing saga that hit Pakistan cricket six years ago. He comes back at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground — the venue where his cricketing career came to a gruesome halt in 2010. For all his time out of cricket, the 24-year-old retains the ability to swing the ball late at sharp pace, as he showed with a first-innings haul of three for 36 in Pakistan's drawn tour opener against Somerset before he was rested from last week's draw with Sussex. Pakistan fielded three left-arm quicks Thursday in Amir, Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah completing a four-man attack. This was Pakistan's first series in England since 2010 and Thursday's match was the 42-year-old Misbah's first appearance at Lord's. After losing the toss, England skipper Alastair Cook expressed his desire to bat first on the wicket that possesses a tinge of grass on its surface.

Pakistan v England: Tendulkar hoping for 'something special' by Amir

Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar is anticipating 'something special' from Pakistan quick Mohammad Amir  ahead of Pakistan's first Test against England on Thursday. Amir, who was found guilty of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England six years ago, is set to make his Test return at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground — the venue where his cricketing career came to a gruesome halt. England captain Alastair Cook hopes the Test series against Pakistan will be more remembered for cricket rather than controversy as Mohammad Amir returns on Thursday at Lord's. The 24-year-old Amir has served his five-year punishment for bowling deliberate no-balls, also at Lord's in 2010, and will spearhead Pakistan's pace attack against a strong England batting lineup.

Cook wants Pak-Eng series to be remembered for cricket rather than controversy

England captain Alastair Cook hopes the Test series against Pakistan will be more remembered for cricket rather than controversy as Mohammad Amir returns on Thursday at Lord's.

"Pakistan is a sports loving country": Pirzada

Minister says Pakistan will participate in Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada has said that Pakistan is a sports loving country and has glorious past in sports. Addressing a seminar in Islamabad, he said Pakistan will participate in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games going to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan next year. He said that Pakistan and Turkmenistan enjoy deep rooted diplomatic, historic, cultural and religious ties since the time of inception of our relations.  He said the completion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline project will provide a great boost to relations between the two countries. He assured Turkmenistan that Pakistan will extend full cooperation to Turkmenistan to organize these games in a befitting manner

 


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