Asif admits spending tough time in London jail
London—Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif said he was ‘surprised’ when he was found guilty by the jury at Southwark Crown Court after the spot fixing trial in November last year, after which he was sent to prison alongside fellow players Salman Butt and Muhammad Amir.
In an interview after his release from Canterbury Prison in Kent on Thursday, the former world number two Test fast bowler expressed his joy at being released and not being deported to Pakistan, vowing that he was determined to clear his name and be back on the field again.
Nadal unhappy with blue clay in Madrid
Madrid—Rafael Nadal is blaming the ATP for allowing the introduction of the Madrid Open’s new blue clay surface.
The six-time French Open champion was troubled when he practiced on the blue clay for the first time Thursday, describing it as soft and slippery. He’s also unhappy with the placement of the advertising boards.
Railways win national women cycling title
Lahore—Pakistan Railways won the title of National women cycling championship here on Thursday at cycling velodrome.
Railways rider accumulated 177 points to remain at the top during the national event in which Higher Education Commission finished at runners up with 160 points.Punjab got the third position with 86 points and Afghanistan team occupied the fourth place having won 68 points.
Siddons, if approached, interested to coach tigers again
Bipin Dani from MumbaiFormer Bangladesh coach, Jamie Siddons has expressed his desire to succeed Stuart Law. Interestingly Siddons’ four year term was succeeded by Law, who now has decided to return to Australia.
Speaking exclusively from New Zealand, Siddons said, “if approached I would certainly be intersted, although I am very happy in my current position in Wellington. (However), I would be very keen to get back to Bangladesh and take them back forward”.
‘Zong United kickoff’ football tournament
Islamabad—‘Zong United Kickoff’ Football Tournament 2012 was launched on Friday, May 4 to great public excitement, simultaneously in five cities of Pakistan. The tournament is for the selection of 32 young boys who will get trained in Manchester United Soccer School, Abu Dhabi. The CCO of ZONG Mr. Sajid Mahmood kicked-off the ball in Pakistan Sports Complex to begin the tournament.
A total of 128 ZONG registered teams of young boys within the age bracket of 13-17 years of age are participating in this knock-out tournament. Football matches will be held among all these teams and the winning team comprising 16 players will be sent to Manchester United Soccer School. In addition, 16 outstanding players during the matches will also be going to the school.