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The second T-20 international between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Port of Spain on Thursday.

Pakistan move up in ICC Test rankings

Pakistan Test team on Wednesday moved one place up in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test team ranking courtesy South Africa-New Zealand draw in the their third five-day match at Hamilton. South Africa (109), who gained two ranking points from the draw, jumped up to the second position in the ranking while New Zealand were slipped down, under Pakistan, on the sixth position. Faf du Plessis-led side have bagged the $500,000 prize as their series was the last one before the April 1 cut-off date. Australia (108), who dropped to the second, after 2-1 series defeat to India and then were further pushed down to the third by the Proteas, have bagged a purse of $200,000.

BCCI seeks government permission to play Pakistan later this year

The Board of Control for Cricket India [BCCI] is seeking permission from the Indian government to play a series against Pakistan in Dubai later this year, the Indian Express reported. According to the newspaper, BCCI wrote to the Indian Homes Ministry asking them to play Pakistan to “complete their obligation under the Future Tours & Programme [FTP] agreement” of 2014. The news daily further reveals that the Indian team is ready to travel to Dubai – Pakistan’s home venue, to play the series.

New Zealand v South Africa: Rain helps tourists to series win

South Africa sealed a 1-0 series win in New Zealand after rain washed out the final day of the third Test. The tourists - on 80-5 at the start of the day and 95 runs short of making New Zealand bat again - had faced defeat. But New Zealand was denied the chance to seal a series-levelling victory as play was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Hamilton.

Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam champion 'has day job back' after ban

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says she has got her "day job back" as she prepares to return to tennis after a 15-month ban. Sharapova was banned for two years last June after testing positive for meldonium, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) reduced the suspension. The 29-year-old Russian will return at next month's Porsche Grand Prix, courtesy of a wildcard entry.

Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

There are just 30 pools in Afghanistan, only one which welcomes girls – and it is facing militant threats for doing so. Nevertheless a handful are diving in, pioneers racing to achieve Olympic glory in Tokyo. The story of the 25-year-old coach and head of the newly created Women’s Swimming Committee, Elena Saboori, epitomises the struggle to swim in a conservative, landlocked, conflict-plagued country that largely opposes women taking part in sports.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona 'indignation' at forward's Argentina ban

Barcelona have described Lionel Messi's four-match international ban with Argentina as "unfair and totally disproportionate". The 29-year-old Barca forward was suspended for directing "insulting words" at an assistant referee during Thursday's 1-0 win over Chile.
He remains free to play for his Spanish La Liga club. In a statement, Barcelona expressed their "surprise and indignation" at the Fifa disciplinary ruling. "The club considers the four-match suspension finally imposed on the Argentine player to be unfair and totally disproportionate," the club said.

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