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Cycling: Efforts needed to win medal at Asia level: Moazzam

Lahore—Manger of the national cycling team which participated in the Asian Championship, Moazzam Ali Khan Monday said that Pakistan failed to win a medal in the Asian championship recently held in Thailand due to lack of facilities at home and other factors. “We are far behind in comparison with the other Asian countries and in my opinion at least 10 to 15 years long organised efforts are needed to win a medal in the Asian premier cycling activity”, he told APP here. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Dilemma of our cricket team

THERE is no doubt that Pakistan green shirts have suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of India and West Indies that opened flood gates of criticism from Pakistani’s living in nook and corner of the world. The match with India is always like fighting a war, the stakes are high, the temperature run fast, and the emotions are very high, pulse rate goes fast because nation is never prepared to accept defeat especially from India. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Sleeping giant Gayle ready to fire

Melboure—Despite a poor start to the World Cup and eight innings since his last one-day international half-century, West Indies opener Chris Gayle is “awake” and ready to fire up the Caribbeans with a big score, according to captain Jason Holder. Gayle managed a scratchy 36 from 65 balls in the opening loss to Ireland and scored four in Saturday’s big win over Pakistan. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

BD call-up Shafiul to replace Al-Amin

Melbourne—Shafiul Islam has been approved by the International Cricket Council to join Bangladesh’s World Cup squad. Shafiul will replace pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain, who was sent home after breaking a team curfew. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

PCB probing Moin’s casino visit

Lahore—The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought clarification from chief selector Moin Khan, on tour with the Pakistan World Cup squad, over his visit to a casino before the crucial match against the West Indies, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said in a press conference in Lahore on Monday. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Zimbabwe hope to trip up vulnerable West Indies

Canberra—After tripping up against Ireland, West Indies picked themselves up with an emphatic win over Pakistan, but they will have to maintain that level of performance to make sure there are no more stumbling blocks in their path to the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe have shown enough quality over their two games and have designs of reaching the knockouts themselves, not to mention adding further intrigue to a group that has been blown open by Ireland’s heroics in Nelson. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Pakistan vs India: Federer apologises for ‘sparking fire’

Dubai—Roger Federer has apologised for getting caught up in the bitter rivalry between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans after he was pictured admiring the blue shirt of World Cup champions India in a marketing photo-shoot. The 17-time Grand Slam title winner shares the same sponsor as the Indian team and on the eve of the two sides’ World Cup clash in Adelaide last weekend, Federer posted a picture on his Facebook page of him admiring a blue playing jersey with the caption “Dressing up for a Gentleman’s game today. #BleedBlue.” ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

England beat Scotland by 119 runs

Christchurch—Moeen Ali made 128 and took two wickets as England hauled its Cricket World Cup campaign back onto the rails after two demoralizing losses with a 119-run win over Scotland. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Pakistan playing anything but cricket

YES sir, I mean it in all its seriousness. Pakistan is playing anything but cricket at the World Cup tournament. Imagine a nation, sacrificing its sleep to remain awake at the dead of night between Friday and Saturday, hoping and praying for their heroes. But when they saw their teams, being trampled ruthlessly, quite a large number of them broke into tears, seeing their prayers go unanswered, while others, let their anger out, either by cursing the players, or demanding their recall from the prestigious tournament. ... Sunday, February 22, 2015 Details

‘Match-winner’ Tahir to play India: De Villiers

Melbourne—The spin proficiency of the Indian batsmen notwithstanding, South Africa will play leg-spinner Imran Tahir in Sunday’s World Cup match in Melbourne, Proteas skipper AB de Villiers said on Saturday. The ease with which the wristy and nimble-footed Indian batsmen negotiate spin is in stark contrast to their traditional vulnerability against genuine pace and steep bounce. ... Sunday, February 22, 2015 Details

West Indies fast men recall glory days

Christchurch—Twice world champions West Indies temporarily revived memories of their glory days when their opening bowlers swept aside the Pakistan top order to set up a 150-run victory in the World Cup Pool B match in Christchurch on Saturday. West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his side’s “wonderful performance” as they got their World Cup campaign back on track. The two-time former champions had been brushed aside by non-Test nation Ireland in their Pool B opener but it was a different story at Hagley Oval. ... Sunday, February 22, 2015 Details