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Pakistan collapse to first series defeat to New Zealand in 30 years

New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Imran Khan during day three of the second cricket Test match. —AFP

New Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session of the second Test against Pakistan to win by 130 runs in Hamilton on Tuesday and clean sweep their series 2-0. It was New Zealand’s first series win over Pakistan since 1985. Pakistan were faced with an imposing 369-run target in their second innings but set themselves up for a ... Read More »

PCB announces Test squad for upcoming Australia tour


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced the 16-man lineup for Pakistan’s upcoming Test tour of Australia. The team has been finalised by chief selector Inzamam ul Haq and the National Selection Committee after consultations with the team’s Head Coach and the Test captain Misbah ul Haq, the PCB said in a statement. The Pakistan Test squad will play ... Read More »

Tim Southee’s six-wicket-haul keeps New Zealand in front of Pakistan

New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Imran Khan during day three of the second cricket Test match. —AFP

Tim Southee bagged six wickets as New Zealand took a 55-run lead over Pakistan on a rain-shortened third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday. Only rookie batsman Babar Azam was able to cope with New Zealand’s chief strike bowler and he was left stranded on 90 after running out of partners as Pakistan fought their way back ... Read More »

England’s Stokes reprimanded for offensive outburst

England's Ben Stokes (L) Alastair Cook (C) and Jos Buttler celebrate the dismissal of India's Murali Vijay.—Reuters

England’s Ben Stokes has been reprimanded for the second time in a month for an offensive outburst on the opening day of the third test against India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced. The 25-year-old all-rounder was clearly irritated by India’s animated celebration of his dismissal after he was stumped and exchanged angry words with home captain Virat Kohli ... Read More »

Pak vs NZ: Play halted at 21 overs because of rain.


The decision review system (DRS) was the major talking point at the end of a rain-shortened first day’s play in the second test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Hamilton on Friday following the dismissal of the home side’s captain Kane Williamson. New Zealand reached 77 for 2 before the teams had to abandon play due to rain. The team ... Read More »

Liverpool great Gerrard calls time on career


LONDON: After an illustrious playing career full of remarkable cup comebacks alongside jarring Premier League lows, Steven Gerrard is done. The former England captain, who won every major club honour with Liverpool apart from the English title, announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36 on Thursday a week after confirming he would not be returning to ... Read More »

Du Plessis lifts SA spirits with defiant ton


ADELAIDE: Skipper Faf du Plessis put his ball tampering controversy behind him to defy Australia’s bowlers and produce his most satisfying century to put South Africa in early control of the day-night third Test in Adelaide. Du Plessis was booed by the crowd as he walked out to bat at the Adelaide Oval, following a ball-tampering incident during the Hobart ... Read More »

National Seniors Cricket Cup starts from Saturday


KARACHI: A record total of 111 outfits from all over Pakistan will compete for honours when the 18th edition of the National Seniors Cricket Cup begins from Saturday with Karachi Omar Associates taking on fellow Southern Zone rivals Karachi Blues in the inaugural fixture at the Lawai Cricket Stadium in Naya Nazimabad. While unveiling details of the competition at the ... Read More »

FIFA faces lawsuit over rules banning transfer of minors


ZURICH: FIFA is facing a lawsuit in a Zurich court over regulations that ban the transfer of players under the age of 18. The case was been filed at the Zurich Commercial Court on Wednesday on behalf of a 17-year-old African player and his parents, who say that the rules make FIFA’s transfer regulations unlawful. A spokesman for Zurich law ... Read More »