Pakistan women to play four T20s, three ODIs against New Zealand next month
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced scheduled of New Zealand Women Team’s tour to UAE to play 3 ODIs and 4 T-20Is against Pakistan Women’s team. The PCB will be hosting the New Zealand Women Cricket Team for the ICC Women Cricket Championship–Round 1 at Sharjah, UAE from October 31, to November 14, All the matches will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan hunts more medals in 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games
Pakistan hunts one silver and one bronze medal to overall medal tally of 17 to make it total 19 after a good show in Pahalawani Style Belt Wrestling event in the ongoing 5th Asian and Martial Arts Games being played here at City Olympic Complex on Thursday. Tinning of the All-Punjab title, Muhammad Adnan, a promising Palawan (wrestler) before reaching to the final defeated his strong rival Teo Aik Eng Venjamin of Singapore in the semi-finals and Masrur of Tajikistan in the quarter-finals very comfortably on points 7-2 after taking a first round bye. Adnan could not settle down against Mohebi Arsahk of Iran in the final and lost very quickly on points 10-0 in a one-sided affair.
The Iran wrestler picked Adnan and through him down very quickly on the flooring mat by taking 10 points.
PCB probing matter of illegal travel of East Zone team abroad
Pakistan Cricket Board is probing the matter of illegal and unauthorized travel of LCCA’s East Zone cricket association team to Dubai last month to play matches there. Secretary, East Zone Cricket Association, Ayaz Khan arranged the tour of team without seeking prior permission from the Lahore City Cricket Association or the PCB, said the sources in the PCB while talking to APP on Friday. According to details Ayaz allegedly took hefty moony from each player of the 15 member team for the ten day tour using his own travel agency to plan the trip. “Even the team wore the kit of East Zone cricket association during the matches in Dubai whereas the team did not comprise players from the East Zone and those who paid a good amount of money to Ayaz were made part of it”, said some of the clubs of the East Zone in their written complaint sent to the interim committee of the LCCA and the PCB.
Irfan raring to return after six-month ban
Mohammad Irfan expects to avoid a backlash from Pakistan fans after the paceman served a six-month ban for failing to disclose approaches made by bookmakers during a domestic T20 tournament and is happy for the chance to resume his career. The 35-year-old, who played for Islamabad United in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), was fined and banned for a year — six months of which were suspended — as part of a probe by the country’s cricket board (PCB). The PCB was investigating whether an international betting syndicate tried to influence PSL matches and also handed out five-year bans to batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif as part of the spot-fixing scandal. “I regret that I didn’t report it and I have realised how serious it is if you don’t report a corrupt approach,” Irfan told cricket website ESPN Cricinfo. “But I am still very much accepted and people still like me.
T20 in Lahore subject to security, says Sri Lanka Cricket chief
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will send its team to Pakistan for a Twenty20 International next month only after more security assessments. SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva said on Thursday that officials will continue to monitor security in Pakistan from the UAE where Sri Lanka are scheduled to play two Test matches, five ODIs and two T20 Internationals against Pakistan at neutral venues. The third and final T20 is scheduled for Lahore where Sri Lanka’s team bus came under a terrorist attack in 2009. The attack killed some Pakistani security officials besides wounding two Sri Lankan players. An official will be sent to Lahore two weeks before the scheduled Oct 29 match before making a final call, de Silva said.
Real Madrid stunned by last-gasp Sanabria header for Betis
Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday as an inspired performance from their former goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a stoppage-time winner from Antonio Sanabria stunned the La Liga champions. Paraguayan striker Sanabria had an effort disallowed for offside in the final minute of normal time, but rose highest to head in a 94th-minute winner from Antonio Barragan’s cross to secure a memorable backs-to-the-wall victory for Quique Setien’s side. Even the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo on his return from a five-match domestic ban couldn’t break Betis’ resistance as Adan produced stunning saves from Isco, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale. The result ended European champions Real’s streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping them from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963.
11 internationals expected for hockey tourney
An ensemble of eleven international players from Australia and Argentina are expected in Karachi on October 3 for the Nishan-e-Haider hockey tournament, which will kick off at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium a day later. The Australian players include Maxwell James Hughes, Joshua Blaise Mackellar, Josling Simon Kenneth, David Arthur, Zachary Edward, Bruton Berkeley, Fleming Mathew and Holman Nicholas James, while Marques Gonzalo Martin, Mareiro Vereia Joaquin, Juan Ignacio and Basso Emiliano form the Argentinean contingent. Per Pakistan Hockey Federation President Brig (r) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, Pakistan Rangers has assured the federation that it will make security arrangements for the players.
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