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Clarke sees Pietersen returning for Ashes

Melbourne—Captain Michael Clarke may have hoped to have seen the back of Kevin Pietersen inTest cricket, but concedes the controversial batsman could yet return to threaten Australia’s hopes of retaining the Ashes. ... Saturday, April 18, 2015 Details

Comeback halted: Amir out for three weeks

Karachi—Paceman Mohammad Amir’s comeback after his ban for spot-fixing has been halted by a hamstring injury which will take up to three weeks to recover, his agent said Friday. The left-arm quick suffered the injury on his 23rd birthday — the second day of the Patron’s Trophy Grade II final in Karachi on Monday. Amir’s agent said his injury had been assessed by a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) medical panel. ... Saturday, April 18, 2015 Details

Sri Lanka defends interim body after ICC threat

Colombo—Sri Lanka’s sports minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday defended his decision to appoint an interim committee to oversee cricket, saying it was his “sovereign right”. The comments came after the International Cricket Council said the move may amount to government interference, and that it would withhold payments to Sri Lanka unless the matter was resolved. ... Saturday, April 18, 2015 Details

Anderson levels record as England close in

North Sound—James Anderson equalled Ian Botham’s England record of 383 Test wickets as the visitors pushed for victory on the final day in Antigua. He removed Marlon Samuels to level the mark that has stood for nearly 30 years, while James Tredwell nipped out his fifth wicket of the match and Joe Root his second scalp of the innings as West Indies reached lunch on 156 for 5 and survival a long way away. ... Saturday, April 18, 2015 Details

Tamim, Mushfiqur break 16-year hoodoo

Mirpur—A partnership of 178 between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim set up a total of 329, Bangladesh’s highest in ODIs, and a 79-run win that backed up their claims of entering the series as favourites. A new-look Pakistan line-up, including two debutants and a captain-opener playing his first ODI in more than two years, made a good fist of the chase, but the pressure of a steadily mounting asking rate proved too much to handle. The win was Bangladesh’s second against Pakistan, and their first since the 1999 World Cup. ... Saturday, April 18, 2015 Details

Seven players barred from National Junior U-20 Hockey

Karachi—Scrutiny Committee of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Thursday barred seven players taking part in the 34th National Junior Under-20 Hockey Championship for being over-age, a member of the committee Iftikhar Syed said. He said facial scrutiny of the participant teams was done by the committee which also included Saeed Anjum and Muhammad Asif at Hockey Club of Pakistan stadium before their opening matches and seven found beyond the age-limit. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

KMC South organises sports festival for deaf

Karachi—Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that deaf children are an important part of the society who are bestowed with tremendous talents and capabilities and organising Green Karachi Sports Festival for them by District Municipal Corporation South is a steps to be followed by others. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Azhar to be under pressure as captain in ODI series against BD: Zaheer

Karachi—Former batting great, Zaheer Abbas believed that appointment of Azhar Ali as Pakistan one-day captain will put him under pressure in the series against Bangladesh starting on Friday. “Azhar was not inducted in Pakistan ODI team for the past two years and now suddenly he was named captain which is surprising,” he told APP in an interview on Thursday on the eve of the series. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Asia Cup set for T20 switch

New Delhi—Cricket’s Asia Cup will switch from the one-day format to Twenty20 next year with the format of future tournaments matching that of the subsequent World Cup, a top official said Thursday. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Babar replaces Yasir Shah in ODI series against Bangladesh

Islamabad—Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar has replaced legspinner Yasir Shah in the ODI series against Bangladesh that starts on Friday in Mirpur, Bangladesh. Shah was ruled out of the series due to a hand injury, becoming the third player to miss out Bangladesh series after Sohail Khan and Sohaib Maqsood. According to a spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shah got injured during a practice match. He got stitches on his left hand. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Federer, Wawrinka out of Monte Carlo Masters

Monte Carlo (Monaco)—Roger Federer joined holder Stan Wawrinka as an upset victim at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday as the 2014 finalist lost 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to France’s Gael Monfils. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Top Belgian cyclist risks two-year dope ban

Brussels—Belgian cyclist Greg Van Avermaet, who strongly denies accusations of steroid use, is facing a two-year ban if found guilty, Belgian cycling federation (RLVB) prosecutor Jaak Fransen said on Thursday. The rider is suspected of having procured the cortisone Diprophos between 2009-2012 from Belgian doctor Chris Mertens. The product is banned during competition, but not out of it. The period under scrutiny covers the build-up to the 2012 Tour of Flanders, where he came fourth. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Pain in my waist forced me to take this drug, says Pakistan’s “best bowler”

Mumbai—Raza Hasan (Pakistan) is not the only international cricketer involved in cocaine scandal. The 22-year-old slow left arm bowler has been tested positive for cocaine in a dope test. Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Sialkot, he said, “I had terrible pain in my waist and to get rid of this pain, the same (cocaine) was consumed”. “The substance was present in the medicine and was unknowingly used by me”. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details

Barcelona, Chelsea, Man Utd set for US games

Barcelona, Chelsea, Man Utd set for US games London—European heavyweights Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United will take part in this year’s International Champions Cup friendly tournament in the United States, organisers announced on Thursday. The 10-team line-up for the competition, won by United in 2014, also features Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Fiorentina, Mexico’s Club America, New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes. The format for the tournament and the match venues have not yet been announced, but it will take place between July 11 and August 5, prior to the start of the 2015-16 European season. ... Friday, April 17, 2015 Details