Sports Round Up
Mohammad Irfan apologises for 'mistake'; PCB suspends contract for one year
Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed a one year ban on fast bowler Muhammad Irfan for not informing the Anti Corruption Unit regarding his contacts with bookies' during the PSL tournament. He was also fined for ten lakh rupees for his contacts.
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.
Indian govt rules out cricket series with Pakistan
The Indian government has rejected any possibility of cricket series with Pakistan.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir ruled out cricket series under the current circumstances, Indian media reported. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the Home Ministry seeking permission for a bilateral series to complete their obligations under the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) agreement which was inked in 2014.
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.