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New PCB constitution retains chairman’s power

Lahore—As the Najam Sethi-Zaka Ashraf saga finally ends, Pakistan cricket is set to turn another corner in the right direction with the implementation of its new ‘independently-drafted’ constitution, a copy of which was made public on Tuesday. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s constitution has been rewritten, changing the structure of the governing board and making the appointment of the chairman more democratic. The caretaker set-up, due in seven days, will implement the new constitution and hold the election for the chairman. This is the fourth constitution since 1995 and the second in the past year.

Dhoni rejoices as demoralised England lose Prior

London—India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed his side’s determination in forcing the collapse of England who faced new trouble Tuesday when wicketkeeper Matt Prior withdrew for at least the rest of the season. India head towards the third Test in Southampton on Sunday in a dominant position against a demoralised England—crushed by 95 runs at Lord’s on Monday. Ishant Sharma, not the fastest bowler in world cricket and not renowned for his use of the short ball, bounced out a succession of England batsmen after Dhoni, playing his last Test at Lord’s, finally persuaded him to drop short.

Court quizzes Ex-Barca boss over Neymar case

Madrid—Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was questioned in a Spanish court on Monday over the 86-million-euro ($117 million) signing of Brazilian striker Neymar. Rosell did not speak to journalists as he arrived at the Madrid headquarters of the National Court, Spain’s top criminal court, to be questioned by investigating judge Pablo Ruz.

Sri Lanka pacer Eranga ruled out of second Test

Colombo—Sri Lanka´s frontline seamer Shaminda Eranga was Tuesday ruled out of the deciding second Test against South Africa due to a hand injury, dealing a fresh blow to the beleaguered hosts. Eranga, 28, tore the webbing between the thumb and index finger of his right hand while fielding on day one of the first Test in Galle which Sri Lanka lost by 153 runs to go down 1-0 in the two-Test rubber.

Bernard Tomic climbs 54 places on ATP rankings after Bogota win

Bogota—Bernard Tomic climbed from 124 to 70 in the latest ATP rankings on the strength of his second career win in Bogota. The 21-year-old defeated defending champion Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) in the final to add to his victory in the Sydney International in 2014. Tomic’s career had taken a downward turn since making the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, a decline which saw his ATP ranking slip from 27.

It was my special birthday, says Chandu Borde

Bipin Dani Observer Correspondent

mumbai—Former India cricketer Chandu Borde, who completed 80 years on Monday, believes that his birthday was a special one. “It coincided with Team India’s victory and that too at Lord’s. It was a double delight for me”, he said over telephone from his Pune residence. “I went for prayers at YMCA in the morning and prayed for my wish to get fulfilled”, he added.

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