Afridi eyes top ranking ahead of World T20Dubai—Former champions Pakistan will face England in a three-match T20 series in Dubai from Thursday as they begin to settle their squads for next year’s World T20. Pakistan finished runners-up in the first edition of the World Twenty20 in 2007 before winning the crown two years later in England and are now ranked number two in the shortest and the most popular format of the game.
Morkel, Harmer skittle India on dicey pitchNagpur—Morkel and Simon Harmer bamboozled India with pace and spin on a tricky wicket but South Africa also suffered early blows in the third Test in Nagpur on Wednesday.
Off-spinner Harmer claimed four wickets for 78 and fast bowler Morkel took three for 35 as the Proteas bowled India out for 215 in the post-tea session of the first day’s play. South Africa, seeking a series-levelling win, had plodded to 11 for two by stumps, setting the stage for an exciting battle ahead on a dusty and dry pitch at the VCA stadium.
ICC to pay seven full members $10 million eachDubai—The ICC will pay seven full-member boards $10 million over the next eight years, as part of the Test Cricket Fund announced during last year’s Big Three takeover of cricket’s governing body. Other than the BCCI, ECB and CA, the remaining full-member boards will each receive $1.25 million annually, beginning January 2016.
Barcelona qualify for Champions League last 16Paris—Holders Barcelona qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League before taking to the field on Tuesday after BATE Borisov and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 in Belarus.
Mikhail Gordeichuk put BATE ahead in the second minute only for Admir Mehmedi to equalise for the German visitors, with the result leaving Barca five points clear of third-placed Bayer, who have only a single match left, in Group E.
Bell, Anderson, Cook may appear in PSLIslamabad—James Anderson, Ian Bell and Alastair Cook are among the England players who could appear in the Pakistan Super League. Bell and Anderson have both signed agreements confirming their appearance in the competition’s draft, while Cook has been in talks with organisers for some time but has yet to confirm his involvement.
Keep Amir away from national team: InzamamIslamabad—Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to keep tainted pacer Mohammad Amir away from the national team.
Amir has made a significant impact in the first stage of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with his left-arm fast bowling, igniting a big debate on whether he should be fast
FCW clinch Women Cycling ChampionshipPeshawar—Frontier College for Women Peshawar clinched the trophy of the 6th Peshawar District Inter-College Women Cycling Championship played here at Tartan Track of the Qayyum Sports Complex on Wednesday.