Pakistan Observer


World Cup bonanza for Super fielders in stands

Mumbai—The spectators in New Zealand will be hoping most number of sixes are hit by the batsmen as lucrative incentives for the super fielders in the stands are announced by The Tui, the official beer company of the BLACKCAPS. Speaking exclusively over telephone from New Zealand on Wednesday morning, Steven Smith, the Senior Communication Advisor : Tui Brewery, says, “During the Pakistan games, which start on Saturday, the Tui Catch a Million prize, if the fans catch a six one-handed cleanly they will win a money-can’t-buy experience for four people to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final in Melbourne”. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Olympic champ Park fails doping test

Seoul—South Korea’s only Olympic swimming champion, Park Tae-hwan, failed a recent doping test and put his hopes of competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games in doubt. Park tested positive for an unspecified banned substance in early September in a test arranged by swimming world governing body FINA, according to his agency Team GMP and Korea Swimming Federation on Tuesday. South Korean media reported the substance was testosterone. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Jahangir Khan’s record for longest squash match broken after 32 years

Islamabad—24-year-old Leo Au, the World No.33 from Hong Kong, broke the record for the longest professional squash match ever recorded en-route to claiming the ninth PSA World Tour title of his career at the Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am 2015 in Canada. Au lifted the trophy following a tough 85-minute battle against Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2, in a dramatic victory that came less than 24 hours after he won the longest match ever recorded - a mammoth 170-minute encounter against Canadian Shawn Delierre, the World No.54, in the semi-finals. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Sean Abbott named Australia’s young cricketer of the year

Islamabad—Sean Abbott, the bowler who was unwittingly at the centre of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, was named Australia’s young cricketer of the year. The 22-year-old New South Wales all-rounder delivered the bouncer that felled Hughes in freakish circumstances during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG against South Australia in November. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Windies World Cup blow as Narine pulls out

St. John’s (Antigua and Barbuda)—West Indies Cricket World Cup chances suffered a major blow on Tuesday with mystery spinner Sunil Narine withdrawing from the squad for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. According to a release from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Narine “requires more time to be able to confidently bowl for a sustained period in international cricket with his new action”. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Koreans tough enough for Aussies: Ki

Sydney—South Korea could thrive in the role of underdogs when they face hosts Australia in the Asian Cup final this weekend, says skipper Ki Sung-Yueng. Having reached the final for the first time in 27 years battered, bruised and held together by team spirit and sheer bloody-mindedness, the Swansea City midfielder told Korean reporters on Wednesday that the Red Devils had the steel to go all the way. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Luis Figo announces bid for FIFA presidency

London—Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo announced on Wednesday that he is to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA presidential election. “I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA—not only now but in the past years—I don’t like it,” the 42-year-old said in an interview broadcast by CNN. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Djokovic, Wawrinka shape up in Open semi

Melbourne—World number one Novak Djokovic will meet defending Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in a mouth-watering clash in the semi-finals after safely advancing from the last eight at Melbourne Park. Djokovic dispensed of eighth seed Milos Raonic in three sets, winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. ... Thursday, January 29, 2015 Details

Djokovic into Open second round

Melbourne—World number one Novak Djokovic got his quest for a fifth Australian Open title off to a winning start in straight sets on Tuesday. The Serb top seed eliminated Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 49min on Rod Laver Arena and will next play either Russian Andrey Kuznetsov or Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Very difficult to break my son’s world record, says AB’s dad

Mumbai—Dr. Abraham Benjamin Villiers believes that his son’s world record of hitting the fastest century in ODI will be “very difficult” to be broken by any batsman. Speaking exclusveily over telephone from South Africa, he said, “it will not be easy for any batsman to score century at this speed. Yes, when Corey Anderson (New Zealand) did this feat in 36 balls last year against West Indies, it seemed difficult. But I can now vouch that it will not be an easy task to score in 30 or less balls”. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

ICC promise ‘sledging’ crackdown at World Cup

London—International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said Tuesday the global governing body would come down hard on players who ‘sledged’ or verbally abused their opponents at the upcoming World Cup. During the course of an extensive interview on the ICC website, former South Africa wicketkeeper Richardson also said officials were determined to continue their campaign against illegal bowling actions and added he was confident the World Cup would not be blighted by match or spot-fixing. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Pakistani players deserve to be in HIL: Indian skipper

New Dehli—India’s hockey captain Sardar Singh has thrown his weight behind the participation of Pakistani players in the Hockey India League (HIL), saying there was no room for politics in sport. As many as nine Pakistani players were part of the first edition of HIL in 2013 but were barred from playing after pressure from political parties in India. Players from the country were not considered the following year owing to political tensions between the two countries. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

England thrash India in Brisbane ODI

Brisbane (Australia)—Pacemen Steven Finn produced a career-best performance to lead England to a nine-wicket thrashing of India in both countries’ second outing in a triangular one-day series in Brisbane on Tuesday. India’s decision to bat first backfired when they were dismissed for just 153 in 39.3 overs in the one-day international, with Finn exploiting the Gabba’s pace and bounce to claim five wickets for 33. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details

Bilawal replaces injured Junaid for New Zealand trip

Lahore—Pakistan’s bowling attack suffered another setback ahead of the World Cup with Junaid Khan failing to recover in time to travel to New Zealand for a short series which was being seen as a warmup for the mega event. According to chief selector Moin Khan, Junaid has been replaced with Bilawal Bhatti for the New Zealand tour. ... Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Details